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SAUNAC has 4 Key Objectives


Accelerating the design, development and uptake of viable solutions for sustainable cities by enhancing cooperation between Vietnamese & European HEIs and regional authorities such as municipalities and to communicate successful approaches reinforced with an international Sustainable City student competition and a Start-Up competition for students.


To develop a joint course on creating sustainable cities involving HEIs and regional authorities and to disseminate parts as open courseware to be used and to set an example for other regions, having broad impact on the creation of sustainable cities in the regions involved.


To investigate, exchange, and test best practices of innovative teaching approaches, including blended learning, distance learning, flipped classroom and ICT methods, and to implement those in a joint course (15 credits) on creating sustainable cities.


To help Vietnamese universities to find their way to a Vietnamese Innovation Pedagogy Approach similar to that which has been developed in the European universities. It will be reached through three specific aims:


  • Introducing tested active teaching and learning practices in Higher Education in Vietnam. This will include testing and adjusting of European practices and embedding them into the structures (strategies and curricula) of Vietnamese Universities

  • Strong contribution to the dissemination of reliable information on the adaptability of tested pedagogical methods at Vietnamese universities in the Vietnamese university networks, by coordinating training workshops for lecturers and summer schools for students (funded nationally)

  • Promoting knowledge among European universities on the state-of-art and potential of the Vietnamese and, more widely, the South-East Asian HE sector





Total population in Vietnam living in urban areas





The need for SAUNAC

Despite the fact that Vietnam has been one of the most dynamic developing countries during the past two decades, its capability to invest into environment protection and sustainability is very limited, especially in urban areas. Alongside significant economic growth, the urbanisation process in Vietnam is happening rapidly. Currently there are around 770 cities and towns with 35% of the total population in Vietnam living in urban areas compared with 25% in 1996 and is expected to increase to 45% by 2020.
















This fast paced growth is creating significant pressures and negative impacts on the environment, infrastructure and sustainable development. In the context of urban-societal needs we will form an integral approach to obtain sustainable cities.


In 2012, the Vietnamese Government officially approved the Vietnam National Green Growth Strategy (VNGGS) for the period 2011 - 2020, vision to 2050. VNGGS is structured around 3 strategic tasks:


1.  Reducing greenhouse gas emissions and promoting the use of clean and renewable energy.

2.  Greening production based on: 

  • Implementation of a clean industrialization strategy via adjusting sector master plans;    

  • Development of green industry, agriculture, technologies and equipment;

  • Investment in natural capital;

  • Prevention and treatment of pollution

3.  Greening lifestyle where traditional lifestyle is combined with the means to create quality and traditionally rooted living standards, including the creation of green jobs.

SAUNAC will help partners in Vietnam to contribute to the effective delivery of these tasks