International teaching at VGU in Vietnam


The Department of Spatial and Infrastructure Planning offers the module “Economics of Infrastructure” annually at the Vietnamese-German University in Ho Chi Minh City (Vietnam). Our research faculty members Audrey Bourgoin and Benjamin D. Kraff were on site for the teaching.

The strategic partnership between Germany and Vietnam, which was established in 2011, is also increasingly linking Germany's research and education landscape with countries in the Indo-Pacific region. To promote cooperation, the Vietnamese-German University (VGU) was founded and established according to the German university model. For this purpose, teachers from Germany are sent on behalf of the Federal Ministry of Education and Research and the Hessian Ministry of Education and Cultural Affairs.

In the Master's program “WaterTech” offered at the VGU, the department has been teaching the module “Economics of Infrastructure” for several years. This semester, our faculty members Audrey Bourgoin and Benjamin D. Kraff took on the teaching assignment for “Economics of Infrastructure” in Vietnam and traveled to the Vietnamese metropolis. In the form of a two-week block seminar, the students are taught content on the planning, financing and sustainable design of infrastructure systems through alternating teaching and workshop units. Through the interactive design of the event, but also joint lunches during the break, a lively exchange and very constructive exchange took place, which not only imparted knowledge, but also opened up mutual insights into each other's culture.

We would like to thank VGU in Vietnam for the opportunity to contribute to the professional exchange and further development of research and education cooperation through our teaching.