On April 27, 2021, as the main coordinator of the consortium, Ho Chi Minh City University of Technology (HCMUT) successfully conducted its fourth periodic meeting through an online platform to report on its achievements over the past six months, the implementation plan for the next six months, and the contingency plan to cope with foreseeable future risks.

Fourth periodic meeting with MCM partners on April 27, 2021

The meeting resulted in several fruitful discussions among MCM partners. In the meeting, the consortium reported on the scholarship program, the production of international conference papers, the organization of an academic international workshop, collaborative research, industrial partner involvement, mobility activities, double degree program, the collaboration between MCM and South Asian partners, and financial management of the consortium. 

The involvement of JFE Steel Corporation, the consortium’s industrial partner, has brought significant benefit to students. A JFE lecture series for HCMUT CEP students took place from October 13 to December 1, 2020, via both onsite and online methods. The course is designed to ensure that learners are well equipped with the vital knowledge and skills in construction management necessary for their future career paths in civil construction, especially for those intending to become consultants, managers, or leaders in project investment planning. Following completion of the course, participating students received certificates.

JFE lecture series lectures

Regarding the progress of the graduate program, all three CEP students of the first batch presented their abstract to the Regional Conference in Civil Engineering and Sustainable Development Goals in Higher Education Institutions 2020. The host university also facilitated the provision of benefits for student mobility in universities and the construction industry through various activities to enable students to share and exchange the experiences of experts in civil engineering and management engineering, including field trips to the Metro line in Hanoi from November 5–8, 2020, the Mekong Delta from March 4–6, 2021, and attendance at a consulting seminar on March 12, 2021.

Field trip to the Mekong Delta from March 4–6, 2021

Field trip to the Metro line in Hanoi from November 5–8, 2020

In terms of collaboration and networking accomplishments, its promotion of the consortium’s network through various actions including the exploration of potential partners at universities in Hanoi and Cantho is very much appreciated. The local promotional trips were organized to some universities in Vietnam such as Thuy Loi University, Hanoi as the substitution of the trips to ASEAN countries.

MCM’s local promotional trip at Thuy Loi University on November 6, 2020

Specifically, MCM successfully organized an international seminar in conjunction with the third periodic meeting. The seminar was entitled “Construction Management – A New Approach to the New Era” at HCMUT on November 4, 2020, as the first step toward consortium expansion to provide external linkage beyond the ASEAN. The seminar participants included HCMUT, YNU, YTU, JFE, CEP students, industrial partners, and South Asian partners. The collaboration of South Asia partners not only increases the opportunity for bridging mutual interest among related parties, but also sheds light on the sustainability of MCM following Phase IV of the AUN/SEED-Net program.

Participants of the seminar on “Construction Management – A New Approach to the New Era” at HCMUT on November 4, 2020

Although 2020 was a challenging year, the adoption of constructive and adaptive strategies, and close coordination and support among partners in Japan, Vietnam, and Myanmar, were key to the successful implementation of further AUN/SEED-Net projects. We would like to thank all MCM partners for making such impressive progress during the second year of the program, and wish them every success in their future endeavors.