The Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) annually presents the JICA President Award to commend the individuals and organizations with preeminent achievements of the socio-economic development in developing countries through JICA's international cooperation activities. The 16th JICA President Award Ceremony took place online on October 15th, 2020.

The 16th JICA President Award Ceremony took place at CTU

This year, the 16th JICA President Award was awarded to 48 individuals and organizations around the world, Prof. Tsunoda Manabu, Chief Advisor of JICA-CTU project is honored to be one of 19 individuals presented this honorable award for his important contributions to CTU's development through the JICA-CTU projects.

In 2018, CTU was pleased to welcome Prof. Tsunoda Manabu as the Chief Advisor of the JICA-CTU Project. Prior to that, his important support was confirmed when CTU Improvement Project was approved and implemented since 2016. In addition, with his understanding of the climate change situation in the Mekong Delta region, he cooperated closely with CTU to propose the project "Enhancing science-based integrated collaborations towards sustainable development of the Mekong Delta region under climate change" with the goal of sustainable development of the Mekong Delta by enhancing cooperation, sharing opportunities and challenges between the stakeholders. This project is expected to strongly support the socio-economic development of the Mekong Delta after being approved and implemented.

Prof.Dr. Ha Thanh Toan, CTU's Rector, delivered a congratulatory speech


Prof. Ishimatsu Atsushi, JICA-CTU Project Academic Advisor, congratulated Prof. Tsunoda

Speaking at the ceremony, Prof. Tsunoda shared that the award is not for only himself, but all of CTU's staff. With his wholehearted dedication to CTU, he affirmed that CTU has three unique points including location, new facilities and human resources. Luckily, CTU is located at the almost center of the Mekong Delta, which is a huge productive area (of Agriculture and Fisheries) for Vietnam and the world. At the same time, the Mekong Delta is seriously affected by the climate change. Especially this year, all of the world is facing natural disasters including Japan and Vietnam. Even now, two big typhoons are attacking the central and northern Vietnam. Viet Nam and the world are waiting for CTU’s powers: “how to alleviate the climate change effects”. Everyday, it can be seen a big progress of facilities construction with a sound of development in CTU. In the next year, four new facilities (Advanced Technology Laboratories, Research Laboratory Complex, Hatcheries, and Net House) will be completed. How to utilize these new facilities effectively depends on CTU’s unique idea with innovation. CTU has a strong network in the Mekong Delta. Many students come from the Mekong Delta and many graduates are working in this region. CTU also has a variety of qualified and active staff. Prof. Tsunoda believed that "If CTU fully utilizes these potentials and assets effectively, CTU will be automatically a leading, top ranking institute in Vietnam, and a leading Hub of the Delta/climate change in the world. This is not miracle, this is a realistic dream".

Prof. Tsunoda Manabu sent thanks and shared about CTU's development in the future


Prof.Dr. Ha Thanh Toan, Rector and Assoc.Prof.Dr. Tran Trung Tinh, Vice Rector, Director of the ODA Project Management Unit presented flowers to congratulate Prof. Tsunoda


Group photo


(Source: CTU Journal of Science)

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