1. Quy Nhon  University


Located in Quy Nhon – the capital city of Binh Dinh province, Vietnam – Quy Nhon University (QNU), previously known as Quy Nhon University of Education, was established in 1977 with its primary mission of educating and training high school teachers for the South Central Coast and Western Highlands regions of Vietnam. Since 2003, QNU has become a higher education, training and research institution that offers a variety of education programmes in natural sciences, social sciences, engineering, economics and management at different levels. Currently, QNU hosts over 24,000 students. For 40 years since its foundation, QNU has shown its important and active roles in providing the high-quality human resources to the economic growth, and the development of education, science and technology of the areas.

The Department of Chemistry and the Department of Physics offer several programmes in chemistry (BSc, MSc and PhD), chemical engineering (BEng) and physics (BSc and MSc), attracting more than 1000 students. Besides, scientific research, technological innovation, and knowledge transfer have recently been initiated. Their research covers various domains such as inorganic and organic chemistry, petrochemical technology, materials science, nanoscience and nanotechnology With a team of young and motivated lecturers and researchers (nearly 80 members), many of who have obtained higher education from internationally recognized institutions, the quality of the research activities has been significantly improved, and the integration of research into education and training has been promoted. Especially, research in the fields of molecular and materials sciences have been intensively focused in recent years, obtaining important achievements that pave the way to international collaboration in education and research. One TEAM project and two South Initiatives projects in collaboration with KU Leuven recently granted by the VLIR-UOS are the greatest rewards to their endeavor.


Members of Project MOMA:

  1. Assoc. Prof. Dr. DO Ngoc My, Recteur
  2. Assoc. Prof. NGUYEN Tien Trung
  3. Assoc. Prof. Dr. VU Thi Ngan (QNU contact)
  4. Dr. NGUYEN Van Thang
  5. Dr. BUI Van Hao
  6. Dr. NGUYEN Minh Vuong

2. Can Tho University

Located in the centre of the Mekong Delta (MD) of Vietnam, Can Tho University (CTU, found in 1966) has been a centre of culture, education and training, science and technology. CTU offers a wide range of undergraduate and postgraduate programmes, playing a central role in providing human resources for the MD and Vietnam. From a university with a few fields of research at the beginning, CTU has developed into a multidisciplinary university. Currently, CTU has nearly 100 bachelor, 36 master, and 15 doctoral training programmes, with around 59.000 undergraduate, 3.000 master, and 300 PhD students. CTU has had various international cooperations with numerous universities and institutes all over the world: Belgium, Netherlands, Germany, Denmark, France,  the U.S, Australia, Japan, Korea, Taiwan,  and so on.

At present, CTU has 19 units for academic training and many other supporting departments. The College of Natural Sciences (CNS), one of the active faculties belonging to CTU, is carrying out the mission of teaching undergraduate and postgraduate programmes, conducting research, applying research results to the real life, and transferring new technologies. The CNS organises the education, training, and fundamental research in the science domains of Chemistry, Physics, Biology, and Mathematics in close collaboration with College of Environment and Natural Resources, College of Engineering, College of Agricultute and Applied Biology, and College of Aquaculture and Fisheries.  Currently, the CNS has approximately 2.000 students, and offers 5 bachelor and 6 master programmes. The CNS constantly strengthens and expands partnerships within and outside the country to enhance the implementation of innovative curricula, modernise laboratories, and improve methods of teaching and learning to meet reseach-based education. This greatly fosters the regional and national socio-economic development by providing high-quality human resources in sciences for the MD and Vietnam.


Members of Project MOMA:

  1. Assoc. Prof Dr. BUI Thi Buu Hue (CTU contact)
  2. Dr. NGUYEN Trong Tuan
  3. Dr. LUONG Thi Kim Nga
  4. Dr. PHAM Vu Nhat
  5. Dr. NGO Kim Lien

3. Da Nang University of Education

Da Nang is the biggest city in the middle of Vietnam. Located in Da Nang, University of Education, The University of Da Nang (UD-UEd) is one of the eight member colleges and universities of The University of Da Nang, which was established under Decree No 32/CP dated 04/04/1994 by the Prime Minister. The functions of UD-UEd are to train teachers at different levels of education, bachelor of science, master of science and PhD researchers. UD-UEd is the first higher education institution of Vietnam to be accredited and meet the national standards. The orientation of UD-UEd is to become a leading center for training and counseling on educational science, natural science, and social science and humanities in line with prestigious higher education institutions in South East Asia. UD-UEd offers 29 programmes at Bachelor’s level, 16 Master programmes and 04 PhD programmes. For the academic year 2017-2018, UD-UEd hosts over 6.500 students who are following undergraduate and post-graduate programmes in mathematics, physics, chemistry, IT, biology, political education, literature & linguistics, history, geography, psychology, primary education and early childhood education.

The Chemistry department, the biggest one in UD-UEd, has got 30 lecturers and 5 technicians who are responsible for approximately 900 undergraduate students and 60 postgraduate students. The department has been offering  Bachelor programmes in chemistry teacher training, medicinal chemistry, analytical chemistry, and environmental management;  Master and PhD programme in organic chemistry. There are more and more young staffs who educated and trained in research at reputed institutions all over the world like Belgium, Japan, Germany, Australia, Taiwan, South Korea,… These motivated and creative lecturers are trying to do international and competitive-level research activities. In addition, the research topics in UD-UEd are quite extensive which cover from material sciences to natural products and organic synthesis.

The medicinal chemistry programme in UD-UEd was established in 2007 and UD-UEd has 10 year experiences in training this one. In 2015, the department upgraded this programme in which some courses have been taught in English language. Students of medicinal chemistry programme are delivered knowledge in chemistry (inorganic chemistry, organic chemistry, physical chemistry, analytical chemistry,…), spectroscopy for structural analysis of drugs and organic compounds, mechanism of drug action, cancer biology, organic synthesis, medicinal organic synthesis, drug design, …


Members of Project MOMA:

  1. Assoc. Prof. Dr. LUU Trang, Recteur
  2. Assoc. Prof. Dr. LE Tu Hai
  3. Dr. NGUYEN Tran Nguyen (UED contact)
  4. Dr. VO Thang Nguyen
  5. Dr. BUI Xuan Vung

4. Hanoi National University of Education

Hanoi National University of Education (HNUE) founded in 1951 is a public university located in Hanoi Capital of Vietnam. HNUE is the oldest tertiary institution in providing undergraduate and postgraduate teacher education in Vietnam. It is incumbent upon the University to train a contingent of teachers at all levels, ranging from early-chilhood, primary, and secondary teachers to tertiary level lecturers; to offer postgraduate training and refresher courses; and to diversify its form of training with a view to enhancing people’s academic standard anf intellectual development, training human resources, and grooming individual talents.

HNUE endeavors to maintain its long standing tradition of high educational  standard and advanced research. With a total student population of approximately 10,000 including international students, the HNUE is consistenly ranked as one of the most favoured options in Vietnam’s higher education system, both in terms of the courses offered and the quality of graduates produced. HNUE is also consisdered to be a National Key Center for secondary education system reforms, especially in terms of curriculum development, textbook design, and innovative teaching methodologies.

HNUE covers 22 different departments and 36 centers including those for pure sciences, applied sciences, and educational sciences. Among these, Chemistry is in the top three departments in HNUE in terms of quantity and quality of staffs, students, with ca. 120 undergraduate students and 100 post-graduate students registering every year. It plays an important role in higher-education training, e.g. master and doctoral, in chemistry in the North of Vietnam. Chemistry department keeps reinforcing co-operative relationships with national and international universities in research and education. Besides, the department has connected consistently with schools in terms of training the modern teaching methodologies and promoting juniors in scientific researches.


Members of Project MOMA:

  1. Prof. NGUYEN Van Minh, President
  2. Assoc. Prof. Dr. NGUYEN Ngoc Ha
  3. Dr. NGUYEN Bich Ngan (HNUE contact)
  4. Dr. NGUYEN Thi Bich Viet
  5. Dr. PHAM Thi Binh


5. KU Leuven

Since August 2017 a new team of policy makers came into effect around the newly elected rector Prof. dr. Luc Sels. For the first time a separate vice-rector responsible for development cooperation was nominated at the university, working in close collaboration with the vice rector for internationalisation. KU Leuven internationalisation policy plan 2017-2021 states: “University development cooperation is a policy domain that, given the mission statement of the KU Leuven, deserves special attention. KU Leuven should not only invest in cooperations that makes itself academically stronger. We also needs to invest in cooperations with regions around the world where there are big societal challenges. Academic capacity bulding in the South is a priority domain from this point of view. Although the assymmetry in academic strength and reputation is sometimes great, KU Leuven should dare to engage in priority partnerships with universities in developing regions”. 

Situated in Belgium, in the heart of Western Europe, KU Leuven has been a centre of learning for nearly six centuries. Today, it is Belgium’s largest university and, founded in 1425, one of the oldest and most renowned universities in Europe. As a leading European research university and co-founder of the League of European Research Universities (LERU), KU Leuven offers a wide variety of international master’s programmes, all supported by high-quality, innovative, interdisciplinary research.

Since its founding, KU Leuven has been based in the city that shares its name. Leuven is a pleasant, safe and bustling student town, where centuries-rich history meets cutting-edge science. The university also offers degree programmes at campuses in 11 Belgian cities, including Brussels, Ghent and Antwerp.

KU Leuven hosts over 56,000 students for the academic year 2017-2018. KU Leuven has Erasmus contracts with over 400 European universities and international contracts all over the world: Netherlands, Germany, United Kingdom, Hungary, Czech Republic, Slovenia, Latvia, France, Brazil, Argentina, Mexico, South Africa, Morocco, Canada, China, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Japan, Thailand, Indonesia.  The amount of international students more than doubled to about 8000 students in ten years time. KU Leuven holds over  50 international projects in development cooperation and educational interuniversity cooperation.”

The Faculty of Science organizes the education in the science domains of Astronomy and Astrophysics, Biology, Biochemistry and Biophysics, Chemistry, Physics, Earth and Environmental Sciences, Mathematics and Informatics in close collaboration with the research departments responsible for the fundamental research of the above mentioned disciplines. Fundamental scientific research plays a central role in the Faculty of Science. Consequently the faculty has one the largest fraction of master students continuing for a PhD of the KU Leuven.

Scientific education is so much more than the transfer of knowledge and expertise. It focuses on acquiring the skills and attitudes necessary to actively participate in the society of today and tomorrow. Students learn to differentiate between facts and opinion, to establish a link, to express a hypothesis, to analyse and to assess their limitations. The fundamental orientation does not exclude a close collaboration with the applied science and Engineering faculties.

The faculty of Science has approximately 4000 students and offers 8 bachelor programmes on the Leuven Campus, 5 bachelor programmes on the Kortrijk campus, 24 master programmes of which 11 in Dutch and 13 in English and 3 advanced master programmes.


Members of Project MOMA:

  1. Prof. Luc Van Meervelt
  2. Prof. Minh Tho Nguyen
  3. Prof. Wim Dehaen
  4. Prof. Ewald Janssens
  5. Prof. Peter Lievens
  6. Elise Konings (EU Coordinator)

6. University of Rostock

The University of Rostock (UR) is a public university located in Rostock, Germany. Founded in 1419, it is the third-oldest university in Germany and the oldest and largest university in continental northern Europe and the Baltic Sea area. True to the motto “Traditio et Innovatio”, the UR builds innovative teaching and research on the century-long traditions of excellence in education, research and development. As a comprehensive university, the UR offers fascinating perspectives into nearly all scientific fields including natural sciences, technology and engineering, cultural and social sciences, medicine, law and education. To compete for excellent students and perform world-class research and education, in 2007 the UR implemented a platform for cross disciplinary trained professional workforce resulting in the Faculty of Interdisciplinary Research (INF).

This INF focuses on research in four key areas including the Department of “Life, Light & Matter” which is an interdisciplinary centre interfacing physics, chemistry and agricultural sciences, as well as engineering and medicine.

The University of Rostock has an extended network of active research collaborations with over 80 Universities and research institutions in Germany and abroad including European and International countries, the United States, Canada, China, Australia and New Zealand. In the last years a strong cooperation was initiated between UR and Vietnam. In 2016 a unique DAAD Sustainable Development Goal Graduate school between Rostock and Hanoi on Sustainable Chemistry (RoHan “Catalysis as key towards Sustainable Resource management) were started. This collaboration encompasses joint research, publications, proposals, and exchange of students and post-docs as well as a Double-Degree-Master on Sustainable Chemistry. Since then, multiple collaborations with Vietnam including four different BMBF Client II applications were started.

In 2015 the Institute for Physics started an international master programme in physics of life, light, and matter including the investigation of nano materials. Thus University of Rostock has a policy of constantly enhancing its international diversity. In addition, the University of Rostock has a long standing and excellent tradition on the education of teachers in chemistry as well as physics (Professorships for Didactics in Chemistry and Physics).

RoHan DAAD SDG Graduate school “Catalysis as key towards Sustainable Resource management”


International Master Programme: Physics of Life, Light and Matter



Members of Project MOMA:

  1. Prof. Udo Kragl
  2. Prof. Malte Brasholz
  3. Prof. Alfred Flint
  4. Prof. Heidi Reinholz
  5. Prof. Dieter Bauer
  6. Prof. Barbara Nebe
  7. Dr. Sabine Haack
  8. Dr. Thorsten Streibel
  9. Dr. Esteban Mejia
  10. Dr. Dirk Hollmann

7. University of Twente

The Universiteit Twente is a young  entrepreneurial research university with 3,200 scientists and professionals conducting pioneering research on nanotechnology, IT, biomedical technology, but also governance studies and geo-information and earth observation sciences. Research ultimately combines scientific excellence with a sharp eye for economic and societal impact. The UT is highly successful as business generator, with over 50 new spin-off companies annually. The UT and its MESA+ Institute for Nanotechnology participate in MOMA-VIET.

MESA+ is one of the largest nanotechnology research institutes in the world, delivering competitive and successful high-quality research. It uses a unique structure, which unites scientific disciplines, and builds fruitful international cooperation to excel in science and education. MESA+ has created a perfect habitat for start-ups in the micro- and nano-industry to establish and to mature. MESA+ employs over 500 people of whom 275 are PhDs or postdocs. With its NanoLab facilities the institute holds 1250 m2 of cleanroom space and state-of-the-art research equipment. MESA+ has an integral turnover of 45 million euro per year of which 60% is acquired in competition from external sources. The structure within MESA+ supports and facilitates the researchers and stimulates cooperation actively. MESA+ combines the disciplines of physics, electrical engineering, chemistry and mathematics. MESA+ has been the breeding place for more than 40 high-tech start-ups to date. A targeted program for cooperation with small and medium-sized enterprises is specially set up for start-ups. MESA+ offers the use of its extensive facilities and cleanroom space under friendly conditions.


Members of Project MOMA:

  1. Prof.dr.ir. Wilfred G. Van der Wiel
  2. Dr.ir. Michel P.  De Jong
  3. Dr.ir. Floris A. ZWANENBURG
  4. Dr.ir. Niels R. Tas
  5. Dr. Alexey Y. Kovalgin
  6. Ing. A.A.I. (Tom) Aarnink
  7. Dr. Minh Duc Nguyen

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