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Twenty-two students and four research projects in Ho Chi Minh City became the recipients of the funding.
The programme aims to encourage and develop a pool of Vietnamese scientists who shall contribute their knowledge in the research, management and conservation of water resources in Vietnam.
In the school year 2016-2017, the programme will award 55 scholarships, with a total funding of VND802.5 million ($36,450), of which 14 scholarships (VND15 million or $680/each per year) will go to students who have achieved excellent academic results and received the grant for the first time, and 41 scholarships will go to those who received scholarships last year and have continued good academic performance this year (including 38 scholarships worth VND15 million /each per year and 3 scholarships worth VND7.5 million/each per term).
Also in 2016-2017, four eligible research projects that meet the programme’s criteria received with a total funding of VND420 million ($19,000).
These include the study on making up the precipitation “Struvite” in urine to fertilizer, the study on developing water treatment equipment on a household scale by combination of optical catalyst and the light, the research and survey on removing the rough metals in water by the Cellilose acetate/Zeolite, and the study on the process of anaerobic disintegration for waste disposal in kitchen and water treatment to recover biomass energy.
“Protecting water resources is one of the key focuses in our company’s sustainability strategy. Apart from reducing water usage through increasing our production efficiency and a remarkable investment in our state-of-the-art waste water treatment systems for all our breweries, we believe educational support will make meaningful contributions to protecting water resources in the long run,” said Matt Wilson, Corporate Affairs director of Heineken Vietnam Brewery (HVB).
This is the fifth year HVB has carried out the programme “Towards Water Security”.
To date, the programme has awarded 186 scholarships to students majoring in environmental studies, worth more than VND1.92 billion ($87,200) in total, and funded 20 research projects on water resources worth VND2.28 billion ($103,500).
Early this month, HVB presented another 33 scholarships to students and post-graduates at Can Tho University.
In 2016, HVB was recognised as the third most sustainable manufacturer in Vietnam by the Vietnam Chamber of Commerce and Industry (VCCI) based on the Corporate Sustainability Index.