The Contribution of the NF-POGO capacity building program for Vietnamese marine scientists
I had the good fortune to participate in several NF-POGO capacity building programmes in oceanography observation and satellite remote sensing across the oceans since 2007. It can be named several programmes as follows:
- The NF-POGO visiting professorship training programme, which aims to build up the capacity for remote sensing application at any countries or areas. Firstly, I attended the course entitled “A comprehensive hands-on course on the application of ocean color remote sensing for detecting SST, Chl-a, CDOM, SS and light attenuation coefficient K through by field observations: Case study in upwelling region in coastal water of Binh Thuan province” in Nha Trang Institute of Oceanography from May to August 2007.
- Secondly, I was selected as one of ten trainees of the second batch of CofE in the Bermuda Institute of Ocean Sciences from August 2009 to May 2010. The NF-POGO Centre of Excellence provided world class education and training courses in the field of observational oceanography.
- Thirdly, I was invited to participate in the NF-POGO Regional Training Programme in Vietnam “The Application of Ocean Colour Remote Sensing for the Study of Marine and Coastal Processes and Related Bio-Resources, as a component of the NF-POGO Centre of Excellence in Observational Oceanography
- Especially, I have participated as a founding member of the global network called the NF-POGO Alumni Network for Oceans (NANO), established at a meeting in Abingdon in September 2011.
- In addition, I have participated in several international symposia, which were coordinated by POGO and GEO, as a NANO member (Brazil (2012) and Australia (2015)).
Thus, it is obvious that the knowledge, studying, and working capacities I have today were significantly contributed to by NF-POGO capacity building programmes around the globe. From a young newly-graduated bachelor in science, the NF-POGO training program brought me to a bright research future by helping me to identify a high potential study area – oceanography satellite remote sensing – providing me with a mountain of new knowledge and development in academia community, as well as helping me to establish a network of colleagues and mentors in similar research fields around the world.
After obtaining my PhD. degree in marine sciences in Australia, I returned to Vietnam to work as lecturer at Environmental Science Department, Hue University of Sciences. As a university lecturer, I always attempt to inspire, facilitate, and encourage students to maximize their potential capacities as well as looking for any capacity training courses and encouraging my students to participate. Recently, I have been selected as Vice-Head of Environmental Science Faculty, so my responsibilities for our students’ capacities development are stronger. We are committed to creating a friendly learning environment which would maximine students potential and unlock their future career. Finally, I would like to take this opportunity to deeply thank the Nippon Foundation, POGO and all related sponsors, partners, mentors and organizations for your all valuable support and meaningful works for young and bright generations in marine sciences.
Hoang Cong Tin PhD.