The Erasmus+ International conference ” CAPACITY BUILDING IN HIGHER EDUCATION – YESTERDAY AND TOMORROW ” was held from May 19 to 21, 2022 in Vietnam at the International Center for Interdisciplinary Science and Education (ICISE), Quy Nhon, Binh Dinh.From 2015 to 2020 Vietnam is involved in 74 programs – which makes it the most mobilized country – with 94 universities, scientific institutions and administrations, in which there are 5 projects were coordinated by Vietnamese universities.

At the Conference, there were nearly 200 delegates from universities from North to South of Vietnam. It is as a forum for sharing experience of building proposals as well as implementing projects from universities that have participated in the Erasmus+ project programs such as: University of Danang, Hue University, Hanoi University, University of Can Tho, University of Sciences (Vietnam National University Hanoi), Posts and Telecommunications Institute of Technology.

​Vietnam National ​University of Forestry has a representative – Assoc. Prof. Dr. Le Xuan Phuong participated in the conference within the framework of Erasmus+ Capacity Building project FOREST – Future ORiented chEmiSTry. The FOREST project is aimed at enhancing employability of chemistry graduates and quality of chemistry education through introducing an interdisciplinary Master’s programs: Sustainable Chemistry and Environmental Chemistry. In addition, the Master’s program has opportunities for student exchange between universities through the training courses (Summer school, in the elective program) and also accumulate credits under ECTS. This is very consistent with the credit training system that universities are implementing in Vietnam currently.

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Open online lectures on Environmental Chemistry (February -November 2022, language – English)

Lecture 1. Catalysis for biomass valorization: challenges and opportunities

Dr. Irina Delidovich

25 February 2022

Time: 12.00 (Moscow time)



Nowadays, chemical industry mainly relies on gas-phase transformations of low-polar hydrocarbons, whereas catalytic reactions in biorefineries take place in polar solvents. This poses a number of challenges including transformation of catalysts under reaction conditions or leaching of the active component. In many cases, questions on the nature of catalytically active species remain open.

Irina Delidovich was born and grew up in Kazakhstan. She studied chemistry at the Novosibirsk State University in Russia, where she obtained a diploma with honors in 2008. Irina Delidovich completed her PhD on catalytic oxidation of saccharides at the Boreskov Institute of Catalysis SB RAS in Novosibirsk in 2011. In 2012, she moved to Aachen, Germany. Irina Delidovich worked as a postdoc in the Institute für Technische und Makromolekulare Chemie of the RWTH Aachen University in 2012-2016. In 2013, she was awarded by a scholarship of the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation and the Bayer Foundation. In 2016, Irina Delidovich was promoted to a group leader. Her research was supported by the DFG (Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft /German Research Foundation), as well as scholarships of the Max Buchner Research Foundation and Fonds der Chemischen Industrie. Research of Irina Delidovich mainly focuses on chemo-catalytic isomerization of saccharides to obtain highly valuable and/or rare sugars. In addition, she works on development of downstream techniques for selective separation of saccharides, diols, and polyols based on their reversible esterification with phenylboronates. In 2021, Irina Delidovich joined the Institute of Chemical, Environmental and Bioscience Engineering of the TU Wien as a tenure-track assistant professor. 

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