The theme of the 5th UNTA meeting 2016 to be highlighted is “Innovation in a Higher Education for Tropical Agriculture” with the objectives: (1) Create opportunities for members of UNTA to share experiences in higher education innovation in the fields of tropical agriculture in order to improve the quality of education of the members; and (2) Search for opportunities to develop collaborative activities on exchange of students, faculties and research cooperation between the members.

2016 University Network for Tropical Agriculture (UNTA) President’s Forum


UNTA 2016 Meeting and Seminar will be held on 1st to 3rd December at Thai Nguyen University of Agriculture and Forestry, Vietnam


Thursday, 1st December 2016

From morningCheck-in time for guests and delegatesDong A Hotel
14:00-16:00Meeting UNTA membersThe Central House
16:00-17:30Thai Nguyen University TourTNU office
18:00 – 19:30DinnerMinh Van Restaurant

Friday, 2nd December 2016 – Conference and Plenary session

7:00-7:45BreakfastDong A Hotel
8:00-8:30Depart from Dong A Hotel to TUAFTUAF
8:30-9:00Registration The Central House A01
9:00-9:10Opening and welcomeDr. Nguyen Huu Tho, Director – Office of Research and International Affairs
9:10-9:20Opening speech of the Vice President of Thai Nguyen UniversityProf. Dr. Dang Van Minh, TNU
9:20-9:30Speech of UNTA’s chairman Prof. Dr. Chang-Hsien Tai, President of National Pingtung University
9:30-9:50UNTA’s activity reportAssoc. Prof. Dr. Shih Ru-Chu, The Secretary-General of UNTA
9:50-10:10The role of Thai Nguyen University and Thai Nguyen University of Agriculture and Forestry in human resource development in the mountainous area of Viet NamDr. Nguyen Huu Tho, TNU-TUAF
10:10-10:20Commemorative photographUNTA Members
10:20-10:30Coffee Break The Central House
Section I: Experience and recommendation for profession oriented higher education for tropical agriculture (25mins/presentation 15mins and discussion 10mins)
10:35-11:00– The first presentation: Development of Smart Agriculture in Taiwan
– Discussion
President of NPUST, Prof. Dr. Chang-Hsien Tai.
11:25-11:50– The second presentation: Infrastructural Development of Agro-Eco- Edu-Tourism Centre at Faculty of Sustainable Agriculture University Malaysia Sabah
– Discussion
Dr. Jupikely James Silip, University Malaysia Sabah
11:50-13:00Lunch Minh Van Restaurant
Section II: University connectivity for global integration oriented in higher education for tropical agriculture
13:30-13:55– The third presentation: Roles and Engagement of Kasetsart University to Foster Education, Research, and Knowledge Transfer of Tropical Agriculture
– Discussion
Dr. Buncha Chinnasri, Kasetsart University
13:55-14:20– The forth presentation: International cooperation in higher education for tropical agriculture university
– Discussion
– Dr. Duong Van Thao
– Assoc. Prof. Dr. Nguyen The Hung;
14:20-15:30– Open Discussion: Proposal for cooperating activities among universities in both education and scientific research.– Assoc. Prof. Dr. Nguyen The Hung
15:30-15:40Concluding/Closing Remarks by the Rector of TUAFAssoc. Prof. Dr. Tran Van Dien
15:40-17:30Visiting Museum of Cultures of Vietnam’s Ethnic Groups Thai Nguyen City Tour
18:00-20:30Dinner hosted by TUAFRestaurant
20:30-21:00Back to hotelDong A Hotel

Saturday, 3rd December 2016: Study tour

6:00-7:00Breakfast and check-out hotelDong A Hotel
7:00-10:30Depart to Ninh Binh CityNinh Binh City
10:30-11:30Lunch Restaurant
11:30-14:30Visiting Trang An on boatTrang An Landscape Complex
14:30-17:30Return Hanoi Airport; Thai Nguyen CityHa Noi and Thai Nguyen

Sunday, 4th December 2016 – Departure: 7:30-8:30

Note: Immergence in case please call for Dr. Hang 0919 962 586; Dr. Phuong 0987 809 070.

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Invited Speakers

UNTA Members Delegates :
1. National Pingtung University of Science and Technology, Taiwan
2. Thai Nguyen University, Vietnam
3. Thai Nguyen University of Agriculture and Forestry, Vietnam
4. University of Queesnland, Australia
5. Bogor Agricultural University, Indonesia
6. Brawijaya University, Indonesia
7. Kasetsart University, Thailand
8. Maejo University, Thailand
9. Mahasarakham University, Thailand
10. Rajamangala University of Technology Isan, Thailand
11. Nakhon Phanom University, Thailand
12. Universiti Malaysia Sabah
13. Universiti Putra Malaysia