Update: 16:48 | 10/01/2018
(BGO) - Universities and colleges in Bac Giang province have encouraged start-up spirit among local students along with providing them with necessary professional knowledge. Thus, an array of job opportunities has been available for young people even when they are pursuing study at universities.
A group of students from the science-veterinary medicine faculty at Bac Giang Agriculture and Forestry University started a business providing a healthcare service network for dogs.
Opportunities right at lecture halls
Since his second academic year at university, Nguyen Van Binh from class D-THUY 4C under Bac Giang Agriculture and Forestry University’s animal science-veterinary medicine faculty, has joined his lecturer, Tran Duc Hoan, head of the faculty, to examine and provide treatment for domestic animals in local households. This helps him improve knowledge about epidemiology, the impacts of husbandry practices on animals’ health and effective treatments.
Seeing that consultancy, prevention and treatment of animal diseases are still ineffective, Binh and his friends decided to set up a veterinary hospital network in September 2016. Binh and other students like Nguyen Xuan Hai and Nguyen Thuy Dung from class D-THUY 3A become links in a start-up project called “Veterinary hospital”, which was highly appreciated in the agricultural start-up initiative contest in last September.
Students from the electrical engineering and automation faculty at the Bac Giang College of Industrial Techniques (the Ministry of Industry and Trade) are mentored by lecturers to install sensors.
Some students from the college of industrial technology under the Ministry of Industry and Trade also incubated startup idea. Ma Van Nghiep, Ngo Thi Noi
With support from the college, the group installed sensors for the basement and tens of toilets in the college. After that, they were ordered to fit up the system at some households and agencies.
Aspirations lighted up
Each year, the Bac Giang College of Industrial Techniques offered from 300 to 500 million VND (13,200 – 22,000 USD) to startup projects of the students and lecturers and recruitment programmes in partnership with businesses. It has also coordinated with the local Department of Planning and Investment to organize four consultancy programmes providing knowledge on human resources management
The college’s director Prof. Dang Thanh Thuy.
Students with excellent start-up initiatives receive support in knowledge, experience, infrastructure, research space and costs from their universities and colleges.
During the period of carrying out their project on effects of organic materials and mixing ratio of rootstocks on the development of grafted pomelo trees, a group of students from Class D-CAYTRONG 4A of the Agronomy Faculty were facilitated to use free the nursery garden, working tools and provided with five million VND (220 USD) in financial assistance by Bac Giang Agriculture and Forestry University.
The group found that the mixture of 70 percent of coconut fiber and 30 percent of the soil is the most suitable to make rootstocks. Their lecturers at the university then introduced consumers who purchased all of the grafted trees at the price of about 10,000 VND (0.44 USD), as much as the market rate. Many other growers have come to the garden to order more.
According to Dam Thuan Minh Binh, Secretary of the university’s Youth Union, the university has provided about 40 million VND (1,760 USD) for 12 start-up projects initiated by its students. The projects are quite practical and feasible.
A group of students from the Agronomy Faculty at Bac Giang Agriculture and Forestry University succeeded with their idea using coconut fiber for pomelo grafting.
Each school had different ways of encouraging start-up ideas of the students. For example, Bac Giang Agriculture and Forestry University set up a Facebook Fanpage “Student Market” that offers the students opportunity to translate their ideas into reality with real economic benefits. Many students are doing business online; they take the advantage of social media to trade clothing, foods, home appliances and more that did not require much funding or location. The university’s youth union also discussed startup business in its class activities.
Meanwhile, the Korea-Vietnam Bac Giang College of Technology and the Bac Giang College of Industrial Techniques have organized extracurricular activities and competitions for students in the start-up. They have also been active in establishing connections with organizations and companies to seek support for student projects or help the students find jobs. The Bac Giang College of Industrial Techniques will start including a module in communication skills in its courses in the 2017-2018 academic year with the hope of making the students more confident about starting a business and in life.