The Department of Oceanography, Meteorology, and Hydrology, in collaboration with the University of Tasmania, organised a short-term class titled “Changing Coast” to foster academic exchange and strengthen connections between students majoring in oceanography at the VNUHCM-University of Science and students from the University of Tasmania (Australia).
Teachers and lecturers from the VNUHCM-University of Science, the University of Tasmania (Australia), and the University of Hokkaido (Japan) are experts in oceanography, marine environment, and climate change.
The “Changing Coast” international class, taking place from November 13th to 25th, offers a range of lessons and activities on shoreline change, coastal processes, environmental issues, ocean-atmosphere interaction, and climate change.
Students practice remote sensing and GIS tools for calculating sea level rise and learn hydrodynamic simulation tools for water environmental factors in coastal areas. They also visit localities in the Mekong Delta region, including Tra Su Melaleuca Forest, Ba Chua Xu Temple, and the Oc Eo archaeological site. They also enjoy visiting the Cai Rang floating market and taking boats along the Tien River near aquaculture sites. A 2-day field trip in the Cu Lao Dung area of Soc Trang involved measuring and surveying along the Hau River, collecting water and sediment samples, and processing data. The class also includes group games and campfire activities.
The short-term international class enhances English skills and cultural exchanges among students, enhancing their understanding of the environment.