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The assessment of UD’s construction planning: Develop UD into a multi-disciplinary higher education training center

 

On May 15, the Evaluation Council of the Ministry of Construction conducted the evaluation process for The University of Danang (UD)’s construction planning at the ratio of 1:2000 according to the planning mission approved by Prime Minister, under the chairmanship of Deputy Minister Nguyen Tuong Van - Chairman of the Council. On the side of UD, there were Assoc. Prof. Ngo Van Duong – UD’s Vice President and representatives of relevant departments and consultants.

 

According to the content of UD's construction planning, which was reported by the representative of evaluation unit, the planning was implemented in accordance with "the construction planning of UD according to the 1/2000 scale" approved by Deputy Prime Minister Trinh Dinh Dung (Decision No. 227 / QD-TTg dated February 25, 2019) with a scale of over 286 hectares, including 96.5 hectares of Ngu Hanh Son District, Da Nang City and 190 hectares of Dien Ban Town, Quang Nam province.

 

The objective of the planning was to concretize and adjust the UD’s General Planning (approved in 2004) according to "UD’s Development Strategy up to 2025, with a vision to 2035" as well as review and finalize components of projects meeting the new development requirements of UD on the scale of training and scientific research, in accordance with the common development context of the region so that UD could truly become one of the three key higher education training centers at regional and international level.

 

  

 

This planning had received various comments of experts from related ministries and agencies, which were characterized as specific functional areas, centers of multidisciplinary education and training and scientific research at national, regional and international levels including studying areas, scientific research centers, research and development zone, incubation area, general service area, trade service area and storage area...

 

Regarding the organization of architectural and landscape spaces, the Planning took the "Knowledge" axis (with a length of 1.5 km) as the main axis for the entire planning area with lecture hall, exhibition area and the connection of lecture hall with public services system, dormitories, defense and soft skills training zones and public transport system ... Regarding the urban design, the planning complied with the spatial development orientation of General planning of Da Nang city, the General Planning of Dien Ban and related subdivision plans.

 

Vice Chairman of Danang People’s Committee Le Trung Chinh worked with UD

 

In conclusion, members of Evaluation Council highly appreciated the efforts of UD and other stakeholders, especially the support and participation of Danang City and Quang Nam Province. The planning had been supplemented, completed, revised based on the former comments. The Evaluation Council proposed the consulting unit to continue researching and reviewing to clarify several contents related to the scope and scale of the general planning; the position and relationship, the connection among areas of UD, Danang City and Quang Nam Province; land using issues; site clearance and resettlement; spatial organization, urban design, infrastructure connection and implementation funding. The Ministry of Construction would announce the conclusion for UD and the consulting unit to complete the official document, and submit to the Prime Minister for consideration and approval.

 

Previously, the Ministry of Planning and Investment had allocated a capital investment planning from the State budget in 2020, in which VND 500 billion was allocated for the project of UD construction. The Ministry of Education and Training had also approved an investment policy of VND 500 billion (in which VND 400 billion was to prioritize site clearance in Da Nang city and the remaining VND 100 billion was for construction of urgent works). It would be expected that the clearance work would be deployed in Da Nang city in 2020 and continue to deploy in Quang Nam province in 2021. On April 27, 2020, leaders of UD, Deputy Minister of Ministry of Education and Training Pham Ngoc Thuong and Vice Chairman of Danang People's Committee Le Trung Chinh also had an online meeting to remove difficulties and shortcomings to accelerate the project implementation.

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