CONFIRMATION OF CANDIDATURE - Thi Hong Loc Hoang (Lucy) Doctor of Philosophy Candidate

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Presenter:  Thi Hong Loc Hoang (Lucy) Doctor of Philosophy Candidate

Date: Oct 23, 2019

Time: 10:00am to 11:00am

Contact person:  Office of Research & Innovation (ORI), Charles Darwin University
T: 08 8946 6548

Location:  Savanna Room - Yellow 1.2.48, Casuarina Campus, CDU

The contribution of tertiary education to sustainable economic growth: the evidence from the aquaculture sector in Vietnam

The past economic growth model of Vietnam has relied on rapid investment, cheap labour and use of natural resources as a cut-price source of energy, while little attention was given by industry or Government towards investing in science and technology improvements. The resulting rapid economic growth has come at a cost in the form of environmental problems, now understood to threaten future growth. This applies to many sectors on which Vietnam’s growth has been built, including export-intensive industries such as aquaculture-based fisheries. The use of obsolete technologies and the tendency to re-circulate wastewater and chemicals in publically used watercourses has led to negative environmental externalities on a range of water users and inferior product reputation in global markets.
While technological change and innovation typically originate from research and development activities of universities, the role of tertiary education and research in regional economic development is still poorly understood and controversial in Vietnam. This study aims to examine the long-term relationship between tertiary education and economic growth assumed to operate through five main channels. These are technological change, human capital, demographic and environmental values change, good governance of the State, and entrepreneurship. It will also examine the opinions of firms in a specific sector on the potential contribution of tertiary education. Empirical work will be conducted with the aquaculture sector in the Mekong Delta where the bulk of fish-farming, -processing and -exporting occurs (aim to interview 140 fish farms and 80 small and medium-sized enterprises) as well as stakeholders located in key universities/vocational education and training (VET) and government agencies in relevant cities. The research uses econometric models such as the logit model and regression analysis to estimate the relationship between independent variables and dependent variable. Besides, time-series data and cross-sectional data will be employed.

Lucy selected Economics for her undergraduate study and obtained a Bachelor of Economics in 2004 with an outstanding performance. She was awarded a Fulbright scholarship in 2012, which was granted by the United States Department of State to study a Master by Research in Public Policy at the Fulbright Economics Teaching Program. The program is a joint program of the University of Economics Ho Chi Minh City and the Harvard Kennedy School, which later transformed into a school under the Fulbright University Vietnam starting from September 2016. Thanks to this program, she had a valuable chance to study in-depth a variety of economics subjects and models such as Applied Econometrics, Macroeconomics, and Quantitative Methods, which ultimately gave her strong foundational knowledge of the real world applications of economics subject.
She has taught as an Economics Lecturer at the College of Economics, Can Tho University since 2008. Her main job is teaching undergraduate students and conducting scientific research. During this time, she has joined in multiple research projects and co-published many journal articles and conference proceedings with the content focusing on different economic sectors of Can Tho city, Mekong Delta Region and Vietnam.

Research Interests:

  1. Applied Econometrics
  2. Quantitative Methods
  3. Public Policy
  4. Higher education