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Environment and Climate Change Adaptation – Natural Resources Management

Master program on Natural Resources Management for South East Asia (NRM-SEA)
with one exchange semester in Germany

NRM – SEA – Master of Science (M.Sc.)
Global population, economic growth and on-going environmental deterioration are increasing the pressure on existing natural systems. Their ability to provide natural resources such as food, water and energy is at risk and waning. Under conditions of globalization, these processes are most forceful in developing countries and emerging economies with high growth rates, low awareness, loss of existing traditional knowledge bases and weak governance structures. This calls for specialists and leadership in order to develop and employ managerial, economical, governance, and technical solutions . The objective of the program is to form such experts. Participants are provided with appropriate knowledge and skills to analyze current problems related to the usage and management of natural resources.
The program targets graduated professionals with working experience in public or private institutions, authorities and enterprises of the natural resources sector. The applicants should have an interest in learning and working in an intercultural and multidisciplinary environment.

This special course is a bilateral cooperation between the Institute for Technology and Resources Management in the Tropics and Subtropics (ITT) at TH Köln (University of Applied Sciences) and Vietnam Academy of Water Resources (VAWR). ITT has educated more than 700 MSc students from many countries worldwide in the following three key domains: water, natural resources and renewable energy management. Cutting edge teaching concepts are combined with up to date research applications and field work. VAWR/CTIC is responsible for water related country-wide applied research, international cooperation, technology transfer, post-graduate professional training, consultancy services and implementation of water supply and irrigation infrastructure, hydropower and environmental planning.

International exchange and research opportunities
Opportunity to participate in Joint-Student-Projects with the students from international partners (Brazil, Chile, Nepal,…)
Opportunities to join on-going research projects

MSc program structure
Four semesters of study:
1st and 2nd semester in Vietnam
3rd semester in Germany
4th semester in Vietnam or Germany


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The module system is designed to provide students with the theoretical background like comprehensive foundation in the geography of tropical and subtropical regions, economics, international development and management and practical skills. The first three semesters cover scientific work, research methods and thesis preparation. In the last semester, students take part in the field work and focus on the master thesis.
Classes: Monday – Thursday from 5 pm to 9 pm
Language of instruction: English

What do we offer

  • An exchange semester in Cologne, Germany
  • German M.Sc. Degree issued by TH Köln
  • A program based on the European Credit Transfer System (ECTS), accredited in Germany
  • German and Vietnamese professors from ITT and VAWR as well as external institutions
  • Courses and field visits on the latest concepts and technologies of natural resources management
  • Individual tutoring through E-learning platforms
  • Network partners in universities, research institutions, the public and private sector and the development aid sector
  • Support to pursue higher qualification (Ph.D) in Germany and Vietnam
  • A lively TT Alumni network

Your perspectives

  • Excellent career opportunities in international cooperation and development assistance
  • Leadership positions in the public and private sector
  • Being part of a network of excellence on NRM

Admission Requirements

In order to apply for the MSc course, you need to:

  • hold a university degree (Bachelor degree) related to engineering, natural sciences, geography, agricultural or social sciences
  • have an academic or professional background related to environmental or resources management
  • be fluent in English (TOEFL: min. 550 points, or equivalent)
  • prove a relation to the natural resources management through the previous studies of minimum 15 ECTS
  • describe your motivation to study this MSc course on one page (in English)
  • hand in a research idea on two pages (in English)

Tuition Fee
Total cost of the MSc course (including 1 semester in Germany): ca 112.500.000 VND (~ € 4500)

DAAD scholarships are granted to outstanding Vietnamese students and to foreign students who come to Vietnam to take part in the course
Scholarships from DAAD and CNRD (Centers for Natural Resources and Development) are available for all students to study one exchange semester in Germany
Other scholarship might be available on request

Application period: from December 15th to June 30th each year
Screening application: until March 30th
Final deadline: May 30th each year
Course starts at the beginning of September each year
Please download the application form from the homepage here, fill it out and send it back to us

Application Form


Assoc. Prof. Dr. Nguyen Tung Phong
171 Tây Sơn-Đống Đa
Hà Nội
Việt Nam
Tel.: +84 4 3563 9908
Fax: +84 4 38536290

Dipl.-Ing. Günther Straub M.Eng.
Betzdorfer Straße 2
50679 Köln
Tel.: +49 (0)221 8275-2111
Fax: +49 (0)221 8275-2736