U.Porto helps to strengthen the agro-food sector in Southeast Asia

nutriseaThe University of Porto is one of 6 European universities that will join forces with 8 institutions of Cambodia, Vietnam and Myanmar to strengthen international collaboration and entrepreneurship in the agro-food sector of Southeast Asia.

This cooperation will take place under the NutriSEA project “Network of Universities and Entreprises for Training in Southeast Asia”, funded by the European Commission’s Erasmus + programme.

Coordinated by Ghent University (Belgium) and co-coordinated by the Royal University of Agriculture (Cambodia), the project’s European partners are – besides U.Porto – the University Toulouse III Paul Sabatier (France), University of Göttingen(Germany), Wageningen University (Netherlands) and the Hungarian research center Campden BRI. The Asian partners are the Ministry of Education, Youth and Sport and the Chea Sim University of Kamchaymear (Cambodia), the Vietnam International Education Development, the Hanoi University of Science and Technology and Hue University of Vietnam and the Yezin Agricultural and Yangon universities of Myanmar.

The project aims to set up a regional food network with stakeholders from academia, business and authorities.  The European partners will deliver trainings for staff of universities in Cambodia, Vietnam and Myanmar on different topics such as entrepreneurship, food science and quality, improving teaching skills and technology transfer. The consortium will also strengthen internationalisation to improve regional and international networking and mobility. Staff and students will have the opportunity to go on study visits to their partners in Belgium, France, Germany, Portugal, the Netherlands and Hungary.

The NutriSEA project was launched in Phnom Penh with an official kick-off event. The University of Porto was represented by Professor Duarte Torres (Faculty of Nutrition and Food Science) and its International Office.

With an estimated duration of three years, NutriSEA has a budget of 970.893 euros, funded by the Erasmus + Key Action 2 program.