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PM says nurturing young talent key to development

Update: July, 29/2014 - 08:41
Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung yesterday reaffirmed the country's commitment to support young talent in chemistry and science as part of national development.— VNA/VNS Photo Duc Tam
HA NOI (VNS) — Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung yesterday reaffirmed the country's commitment to support young talent in chemistry and science as part of national development.

Speaking at a ceremony to conclude the 46th International Chemistry Olympiad in Ha Noi yesterday, the PM applauded all contestants and their teachers from 77 countries and territories together with participating scientists. He said it was an honour for Ha Noi to host the competition for the first time.

The Vietnamese leader said advancements in chemistry had contributed enormously to global and human development, stating that the field was in critical need of passionate, innovative young people who could engage in important research.

PM Dung hailed the competition as the place where students could share their passion and learn from one another. In addition, he said it would allow teachers and mentors to spot new talent.

"I think all of you are winners and you have overcome many challenges in this competition to come here, share your friendship and enhance international solidarity," he said.

Dung said he hoped the students recognised at the competition would become scientists and leaders and contributed to the development of their countries.

Viet Nam won two gold medals at the competition

Viet Nam win two golds at int'l chemistry Olympiad. — Photo tuoitre.vn

Vietnamese students won two golds and two silvers at the 46th International Chemistry Olympiad (IChO) that closed in Ha Noi on July 28.

Two golds went to Pham Ngan Giang and Pham Mai Phuong both from Amsterdam High School in Ha Noi. Phuong is among the top three performers at the event together with a student from Singapore and another from Ukraine.

Doan Quoc Hoai Nam from Hue national high school in the central province of Thua Thien-Hue and Do Viet Hung from Tran Phu gifted high school in the northern city of Hai Phong brought home silvers.

The competition has selected winners of 28 golds, 63 silvers, 92 bronzes and 10 consolation prizes. The prizes will be presented at a ceremony on July 29.

In a recent interview granted to Viet Nam News Agency, Rector of the University of Natural Sciences under the Viet Nam National University-Hanoi, Associate Professor Nguyen Van Noi described the event as a great success thanks to thorough preparations.

According to Noi, Chairman of the IChO Central Committee Peter Wothers also paid Vietnam a compliment, saying that it is one of the most successful and professional competitions.

The University of Natural Sciences and the Ha Noi National University of Education was assigned to co-host the event for the first time, with 291 students from 75 countries and territories worldwide taking part.

Earlier, Viet Nam successfully hosted the 2010 International Mathematics Olympiad and the 2014 International Physics Olympiads.

The International Biology Olympiad is due to take place in the country in 2016. — VNS

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