Department of Aquaculture Technology

Introduction of the Department of Aquaculture Tecgnology

When it was established (1974-1975) due to limited staff, Fisheries Department (predecessor of Faculty of Fisheries - University of Agriculture and Forestry, Ho Chi Minh City) did not have independent departments. Since 1977, the Faculty of Fisheries established 3 departments: (1) the Department of Fundamentals, (2) the Department of Fish Farming Technology and (3) the Department of Fishing and Processing. Since 1995, the Department of Aquaculture Technology was separated into 2 Departments. (1) Freshwater Aquaculture and (2) Coastal Aquaculture. Since 1998, these two disciplines have been merged into the Department of Aquaculture Technology until now.

The Department of Aquaculture Technology is one of the key department of the Faculty of Fisheries (FoF) with the task of teaching and doing scientific research in combination with other departments in the Faculty to train the academic degree of engineer aquaculture. with specialties such as Aquaculture, Aquatic Pathology, Fishery Economics and Seafood Processing.

In particular, the Department of Aquaculture has a team of lecturers and technical experts with professional qualifications, specialized knowledge and in-depth experience in the field of aquaculture.

The goal of the Department is to train a team of engineer aquaculture, especially for the Aquaculture with professional qualifications and good practical skills, able to meet the recruitment and employment needs in the context of sustainable development and international integration.

Human resources of the Department

Heads of Departments through the periods:

1. Nguyen Tuong Anh (1976-1982)
2. Nguyen Lan Phuong (1982-1987)
3. Le Thanh Hung (1987-1994)
4. Nguyen Van Tu (1994-1998)
5. Pham Van Nho (1995-1998)
6. Le Thanh Hung (1998-2011)
7. Nguyen Nhu Tri (2011-2012)
6. Dinh The Nhan (2012-present)

Member of the Department (from 1976 to present)

1. Pham Chi Thanh
2. Tran Van Phat
3. Ho Thanh Hoang
4. Nguyen Lan Phuong
5. Nguyen Tuong Anh
6. Nguyen Huu Thanh
7. Ngo Van Ngoc
8. Ngo Van Hai
9. Le Thanh Hung
10. Nguyen Van Tu
11. Nguyen Tri Hung
12. Luong Ngoc Chinh
13. Le Van Chieu
14. Nguyen Van Xuan
15. Pham Van Nho
16. Nguyen Hoang Vu
17. Nguyen Van Trai
18. Nguyen Nhu Tri
19. Nguyen Minh Duc
20. Nguyen Thanh Quang Thuan
21. Nguyen Tuan Dung
22. Dinh The Nhan
23. Huynh Pham Viet Huy
24. Ong Moc Quy
25. Nguyen Thanh Tam
26. Van Huu Nhat
27. Ngo Dang Lam
27. Nguyen Hoang Anh
29. Dang Phuc Thien
30. Tran Van Minh
31. Nguyen Thuy Dan Thanh

Department personnel for the term 2012 - 2017

Head of Department: Dr. Dinh The Nhan
1. Assoc. Dr. Le Thanh Hung
2. MSc Nguyen Van Tu
3. Assoc. Prof. Dr. Nguyen Nhu Tri
4. Dr. Dinh The Nhan
5. Dr. Huynh Pham Viet Huy
6. MSc Ngo Van Ngoc
7. MSc Nguyen Thanh Tam
8. MSc Ong Moc Quy
9. MSc Van Huu Nhat
10. MSc Ngo Dang Lam
11. MSc Tran Van Minh
12. Ms. Nguyen Thuy Dan Thanh
Department personnel for the term 2017 - 2022
Head of Department: Dr. Dinh The Nhan
1. Assoc. Prof. Dr. Nguyen Nhu Tri
2. Dr. Dinh The Nhan
3. Dr. Nguyen Thanh Tam
4. Dr. Ong Moc Quy
5. MSc Van Huu Nhat
6. MSc Ngo Dang Lam
7. MSc Tran Van Minh

8. Ms. Nguyen Thuy Dan Thanh

Activities of the Department

In parallel with training and scientific research, the Department also attaches great importance to cooperation with localities and international cooperation in the field of fisheries to research, transfer technology and coordinate training activities. Create internships for students.

Regarding teaching, from 1979 to 1989, the Department's personnel had many changes due to a number of lecturers changing jobs (Mr. Nguyen Tuong Anh, Mr. Nguyen Huu Thanh, Mr. Nguyen Van Xuan, Mr. Nguyen Tri Hung, Mr. Ngo. Van Hai…) and some lecturers go to school, so some subjects have to visit lecturers from the University of Natural Sciences in Ho Chi Minh City and the Faculty of Fisheries - Can Tho University. Most of the lecturers of the Department at this time only have engineer degrees. Since 1989, lecturers were respectively sent to graduate training at local and abroad. Since 1990, there were several lecturers with master's degrees have achieved. Since 1998, Dr. Le Thanh Hung returned from France and held the position of Head of the Department until 2012. Currently, the Department's personnel has 8 people, including 1 Associate Professor, and 3 Doctors, and 3 Masters.

Regarding scientific research, from 1977 until now, lecturers of the Department have participated in many research projects at school and ministerial levels related to their teaching content such as: Biological and reproductive characteristics artificial catfish by Tran Thanh Xuan, Nguyen Tuong Anh and Tran Minh Anh (1978-1980); Biological characteristics and artificial reproduction of tilapia and hybrid catfish by Nguyen Huu Thanh, Ngo Van Hai and Nguyen Van Tu (1980 - 1982); 'Building a production process for all-male tilapia' by the research group Nguyen Van Tu and Trinh Truong Giang (1995 - 1996); 'Study on biological characteristics and rearing of worms (Tubifex tubifex)' by Dinh The Nhan (1998-1999); 'Thai frog seed production' by research groups Le Thanh Hung, Nguyen Thi Thanh Truc and Tran Van Minh (2000 -2002); 'Production of Notopterus notopterus, Hemibagrus wyckioides and Mastacembelus armatus' by the research group Ngo Van Ngoc, Le Thi Binh, Van Huu Nhat, Vo Thanh Liem and Ngo Dang Lam (1998 - 2010); 'Nursing goby' by the research team Nguyen Phu Hoa, Pham Van Nho, Ong Moc Quy and Nguyen Phuc Thuong (2006 - 2012); “The process of raising commercial molluscs in rafts in An Giang” by the research team Ngo Van Ngoc, Le Thi Binh, Nguyen Nhu Tri and Vo Thanh Liem (2008-2010); 'Biological characteristics and artificial reproduction of Phu Quoc catfish' by the research team Nguyen Van Tu, Le Thanh Hung and Tran Van Minh (2010 - 2011); 'Trial farming of white leg shrimp Liptopeneaus vannamei using biofloc technology' by Dinh The Nhan and Nguyen Phuc Cam Tu group (2016-2017); ‘Research on converting inefficient aquaculture area to sea bass (Lates calcarifer) in brackish water area of ??Long Thanh, Nhon Trach, Dong Nai province’ by Dinh The Nhan (2016-2018); ‘Organic matter and nutritional dynamics in intensive culture of white leg shrimp Penaeus vannamei (Boone, 1931)’ by Dinh The Nhan and Nguyen Phuc Cam Tu (2017-2018); International project ‘Promoting multi-stakeholder contributions to international cooperation on sustainable solutions for aquaculture development in South-East Asia (EURASTiP)' by Dinh The Nhan (Coordinator- 2017-2019) ); ‘Study on optimization of open transport process of seabass seed for commercial culture’ by Dinh The Nhan (2021-2022).

Regarding the textbook writing to serve the learning of students was also focused on very early by the Department, with many subjects having printed lectures such as Fish Diseases (Nguyen Lan Phuong, 1978), Marine fish technology (Nguyen Van Trai, 1998). Molluscs farming techniques (Nguyen Nhu Tri, 1998). In addition, there are a number of textbooks published such as English for fisheries (Le Thanh Hung; Can Tho Publishing House, 2004), Fish and shrimp nutrition (Le Thanh Hung; Agriculture Publishing House, 2006), Introduce to Fisheries Science (Dinh The Nhan and Nguyen Van Tu, 2022).

The development direction and planning

In terms of teaching, the Department plans to recruit 2-3 lecturers to replace the retired teachers. The Department and the Faculty have completed the AUN certification for the 'Aquaculture programme’ in 2022. The program framework and outcomes standards of the 'Aquaculture programme’ have also been developed and revised for the 'Aquaculture industry’ to meet the needs and requirements of stakeholders in the fisheries sector based on a wide range of opinions surveyed. Students learn theory combined with practical practice in a diverse and multi-scale modals . Every 2 years, the program framework there will be adjusted to always meet the needs and requirements of stakeholders and to develop sustainably and integrate in the specialized field of aquaculture.
Regarding scientific research, the Department and other departments ò the FoF implement the university's strategy to promote scientific research to achieve the goal of becoming a research university with international quality. The Department focuses on research in the direction of applying scientific and technological achievements to production practices to meet the goals of sustainable development and integration in the field of aquaculture including:
  1. Researching and applying technologies to serve in the aquatic seed production industry;
  2. Research and application of technologies in the field of nutrition, additives and probiotic products for aquaculture;
  3. Research and application of environmental management technologies, aquatic animal health and high quality products;
  4. Research and application of high-tech protocols in aquaculture, ect.