On January 11, 2024, the Center for Agricultural Innovation coordinated with the Youth Union, the Student Association of Vietnam National University of Agriculture and the Dutch - Vietnam Agricultural Association to organize the 2024 International Expert Program "Entrepreneurship and Agricultural Innovation" to promote the entrepreneurial spirit of students and provide students with knowledge, skills, and lessons learned about entrepreneurship; create a favorable environment to support students in forming and realizing start-up ideas and projects, and open job opportunities for VNUA students.
Speaking at the opening ceremony, Assoc. Prof. Dr. Nguyen Viet Long - International Cooperation Director, VNUA shared the university international cooperation policy in 2024, which is to promote comprehensive international cooperation and connect international partners with local partners and domestic businesses; organize programs to introduce international scholarship opportunities, innovative startups and career opportunities in the international market. In particular, VNUA promotes inviting partners with experience in the field of agricultural startups and innovation around the world to support students with startup projects, opportunities to take part in internships and jobs in the international environment.
Assoc. Prof. Dr. Nguyen Viet Long gives the opening speech at the event
Mr. Paul Onings - Export Director of Onings Holland Flowerbulbs Inc, the world's leading supplier of flower bulbs, shared the necessity, factors and measurement indicators to start a business. He emphasized the role of innovation activities in agriculture, strengthening the chain of links, cooperating with partners in the region and further beyond the region. As well he shares his own practical lessons of "proactively looking for opportunities and constantly learning every day" and experience from his own family company trading in flower seeds in the Netherlands for many generations.
Mr. Paul Onings - Export Director of Onings Holland Flowerbulbs Inc, the world's leading supplier of flower bulbs, shares "Onings Inc's experience in entrepreneurship and innovation in the field of Dutch flower seeds”
At event, Mrs. Mai Hong, the Secretary of the Dutch Agricultural Association of Vietnam and also the CEO of Thien Dieu Trading and Production Joint Stock Company, an import-export and investment enterprise in the field of flowers and ornamental plants, presented an overview and experiences in forming, managing, operating, maintaining and developing businesses. She also provided advice and encouraged students to start a business.
Mrs. Mai Hong presents at the event
At event, VNUA students actively raised questions and concerns related to startup experiences in the Vietnamese and international environment: "what are advantages and challenges in the Vietnamese market and How to overcome those so that the development of the flower market becomes strong in the coming years?"; "When importing flower varieties to Vietnam, how do differences in natural conditions (climate, soil, diseases, etc.) impact?"; or some other questions related to technology, job opportunities for students after graduation at some domestic and world enterprises v.v.
Q and A session
All delegates and participants
Vietnam National University of Agriculture will continue to develop and launch programs to support agricultural startups and innovation for students to seek innovative initiatives and startups; create a supportive academic environment, help students apply what they learn into practice, and promote the spirit of agricultural entrepreneurship among students in 2024.
The Vietnam Dutch Agricultural Association signed a cooperation agreement with the VNUA in 2022 in the Netherlands, on the occasion of Prime Minister Pham Minh Chinh's visit to the Netherlands. The agreement is to promote agricultural innovation, creating practice, internship and employment opportunities for students.
The Vietnam Dutch Agricultural Association signed a cooperation agreement with Vietnam National University of Agriculture in 2022 in the Netherlands