Since the first Memorandum of Understanding between the Water Resources University – TLU and the Delft University of Technology - TUDelft in 1998, a very strong cooperation has been established between the two universities, with support from the Netherlands government. This cooperation has contributed greatly to the success of TLU and has given this prestigious university a leading position in Vietnam in the water resources field. The cooperation between Vietnam and The Netherlands is now entering a new phase in which it concentrates on cooperation in mutual interest. TLU and TUDelft have the ambition to bring their partnership also a step further and establish a Vietnam Netherlands Center for Water and Environment – VINWATER, established on December 12, 2013 under the business license registration number A-1154. Centre for Water and Environment Vietnam - Netherlands is the independent financial unit, sealed and separated accounts, operating under the principle of non-profit, serving as community benefits. The establishment of this science and technology organization between TLU and Delft will be an excellent culmination of the long-lasting cooperation between those partners. It helps in the transition from an ODA-based relation to a new form of partnership aiming at joint benefits for the Vietnamese and the Dutch.
Water will be at the top of the agenda in Vietnam in the years to come. Therefore the aim is to create a Vietnamese-Dutch entity, which will support the Dutch and the Vietnamese water sector in playing an important role in these developments in Vietnam and internationally. VINWATER will implement externally funded projects and assignments and will be actively involved in identification of project opportunities, project acquisition and project proposal preparation to acquire those projects. VINWATER will also facilitate improved research and education at TLU.