|President Truong Tan Sang receives foreign scientists who attended Binh Dinh's "Meet Viet Nam" physics symposium from July 28-August 17. — VNA/VNS Photo Nguyen Khang
HA NOI (VNS)— President Truong Tan Sang has highlighted the importance of science-education to the nation and pledged that dedicated scientists will be given incentives to carry out groundbreaking projects.
The President made the statement on Saturday while receiving foreign scientists who attended Binh Dinh's "Meet Viet Nam" physics symposium from July 28-August 17.
He made it clear that for all its efforts to develop science-technology, Viet Nam still suffered significant shortcomings.
Prof. Tran Thanh Van, President of the France-based Rencontres (Meet Viet Nam) Association thanked ministries and departments for facilitating the 2013 event.
The foreign scientists said they never undervalued the importance of basic science and called on the country to investmore in this area so it could catch up with the rest of the world.
They also advised that five international science workshops should take place each year, while more advanced research centres should be built.
Within the framework of "Meet Viet Nam," international scientists including Nobel laureates joined exchanges with students in Ha Noi, Hue and HCM City.
They also presented scholarships to poor students with excellent exam results and attended the inauguration of the International Centre for Inter-disciplinary Science and Education in Binh Dinh's Quy Nhon City.
On the same day, 543 Vietnamese students and young researchers were awarded Odon Vallet scholarships.
The scholarships, each worth VND12 million (US$571), were presented by Prof. Odon Vallet (founder of the foundation), Prof. Van and American Nobel laureates for physics, Sheldon Glashow and David Gross.
Since 2000, Vallet and Van, the promoters of the Meet Viet Nam Programme, have presented thousands of scholarships to Vietnamese students. The scholarships help encourage and support beneficiaries to overcome difficulties in learning while promoting the importance of basic sciences.
Earlier this year, the Association Rencontres du Viet Nam (Meet Viet Nam) presented 1,645 grants to local pupils, totalling over VND18.8 billion ($895,000).
Prof. Vallet, a lecturer at France's Sorbonne University , inherited 100 million euros fortune from his father, which he uses to finance the scholarships for outstanding young students in France, Viet Nam, and several small African countries. — VNS