USAID BUILD-IT, Dow Vietnam project connects businesses and young engineers

HCMC - USAID BUILD-IT and the Dow Vietnam STEM Program on March 16 hosted their second eProjects Innovation Showcase at Cao Thang Technical College in downtown HCMC, enabling student teams across Vietnam to demonstrate their industry-mentored prototypes to their peers, instructors and business representatives nationwide.

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Three winning teams of the second eProjects Innovation Showcase pose for a group photo – PHOTO: COURTESY OF ORGANIZER

Students, professionals and academics at the event shared with each other innovations in plastic recycling, biodegradable chewing gum and eco-friendly packaging materials.

At the showcase, the Dow Vietnam judges lauded the projects with the most effective solutions, teamwork and presentation.

Specifically, the HCMC University of Technology and Education, whose project is entitled “Innovative solution to solve the environmental problem caused by discarded chewing gum”, won the Best Presentation Prize.

Danang University of Technology, with “A platform for plastic waste management” project, received the Best Teamwork Prize, while the HCMC University of Technology won the Most Effective Solution Prize for its “A unique solution to reuse construction materials” project.

Through eProjects, the students learned technical communication, team collaboration and project management. With patient mentoring, the students developed the soft and technical skills needed to succeed in their advanced science and technology careers.

Observing the students' innovations, Ekkasit Lakkananithiphan, President of Dow Vietnam, shared, "Dow aims to be the most innovative, customer-centric, inclusive and sustainable materials science company in the world. We are delighted to collaborate with Vietnam’s leading universities to implement student-led projects and reinforce the university-industry linkages that address our sustainability challenges.”