Ramírez, from the Government of Catalonia, said it was a pleasure to collaborate with the students and teaching staff at RMIT Vietnam and CETT.
"It’s essential to seek synergies between all stakeholders involved in the conservation of the environmental values of our territory," she said.
"The student’s proposals were innovative, rigorous and with environmental awareness – we congratulate them for their great work!"
Abril, from the Ebro Delta Natural Park, said it was a pleasure and honour for the park to be the focus of the student projects.
"Being a living lab and discovering new views and visions of the region from other perspectives has been a priviledge," he said.
"I would like to congratulate the students and teachers from RMIT Vietnam and CETT for their efforts and dedication, and above all, for thinking about the future of the delta."
RMIT Vietnam students Do Minh Nguyet and Hoang Thi Kim Ngan said the opportunity enabled a practical application of their studies.
"Having the chance to work with students in Spain on this project meant using what we’ve learnt in the classroom to tackle a real issue – it was an unforgettable experience," Nguyet said.
Ngan said the collaboration also resulted in a new appreciation and understanding of Spain’s largest aquatic habitat.
"It was the first time I had ever heard of this park," she said.
"Working with my teammates in Spain, I learnt more about the area and its importance."
CETT student Oleg Iuzhalin said the collaborative project was a unique opportunity to get acquainted not only with foreign colleagues, but also to exchange experience and vision in solving various problems.
"I definitely liked these collaborative meetings and I hope that next year there will be more opportunities like this one," Iuzhalin said.
The group of 60+ tourism and hospitality students were brought together by RMIT Vietnam’s Jackie Ong and Daisy Kanagasapapathy along with Elena Ridolfi at CETT in Spain.
The collaboration was supported by RMIT Europe.
"It was a transformative learning experience for the students – one enabling synergy between RMIT Vietnam and CETT in Barcelona," Kanagasapapathy said.
"Students worked together online to achieve a goal while at the same time learning cross-cultural skills."
Ridolfi said it was an excellent opportunity to share and transfer knowledge between universities and local entities.
"The students generated new ideas and solutions for the management of tourism in this important area in Spain," she said.
Story: Karen Matthews and Ha Hoang