Water Resource Studies Span the Globe

Univ. of Miami and Hanoi Univ. of Mining & Geology offer joint courses and field study

Daniel Suman

HANOI — June 13, 2011 — Eight students from the University of Miami (UM) and ten students from the Hanoi University of Mining and Geology (HUMG) participated in a two week interdisciplinary course on Water Resources Management and Policy.  The course was held at the HUMG campus, and included field trip sites throughout northern Viet Nam from May 23 to June 4.

The course was organized by Dr. Daniel Suman of the University of Miami’s Rosenstiel School of Marine & Atmospheric Science and coordinated locally by Dr. Hoang Van Long of the Department of Geology at HUMG. This marks the third year that the University of Miami and HUMG have offered the course.

The participating young professionals are graduate students that represent varied disciplines, such as law, environmental engineering, environmental policy, hydrogeology, structural geology, and environmental geology.

Course lectures were offered by Suman, who is a professor of Marine Affairs and Policy, along with more than six professors from HUMG, and experts from the Center for Water Resources Planning and Investigation of the Ministry for Natural Resources and the Environment (MONRE), the Hanoi University of Civil Engineering, and the Vietnam Atomic Energy Centre (VAEC). Students learned about global comparative water resources, drinking and wastewater treatment, groundwater resources, as well as the pros and cons of large dam construction. These topics are important given the needs of increasing urban and rural populations, industrial development, surface water pollution, proposals to build new dams on major rivers in East and Southeast Asia, and the impacts of global climate change, to which Viet Nam is particularly vulnerable.

In addition to the classroom experience, the group also crisscrossed the nation visiting the Red River, Halong Bay and Sapa, and discussed water management issues relevant to these areas of Viet Nam.

The UM students praised the friendliness of their Viet Nam hosts and the beautiful environments they observed in their travels. HUMG and the University of Miami look forward to repeating this course next year, and expand cooperation between both institutions into new areas of environmental studies.

About the University of Miami’s Rosenstiel School
The University of Miami’s mission is to educate and nurture students, to create knowledge, and to provide service to our community and beyond. Committed to excellence and proud of the diversity of our University family, we strive to develop future leaders of our nation and the world. Founded in the 1940’s, the Rosenstiel School of Marine & Atmospheric Science has grown into one of the world’s premier marine and atmospheric research institutions. Offering dynamic interdisciplinary academics, the Rosenstiel School is dedicated to helping communities to better understand the planet, participating in the establishment of environmental policies, and aiding in the improvement of society and quality of life. For more information, please visit

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