|Attendants included Vice President Nguyen Thi Doan and Pham Vu Luan, the Minister of Education and Training and also Chairman of the State Council for Professor Title. — VNA/VNS Photo Quy Trung
HA NOI (VNS) — The HCM City National University lecturer, Phan Thanh Son Nam, is the youngest amongst the 59 newly recognised professors announced at yesterday's ceremony in Ha Noi.
The 37-year-old lecturer was honoured at the Temple of Literature ceremony, alongside the 643 other lecturers to earn professor or associate professor titles. The 81-year-old Le Ngoc Canh, former lecturer at the Central Teacher's Art Training College, was the oldest to receive the title of professor.
Attendants included Vice President Nguyen Thi Doan and Pham Vu Luan, the Minister of Education and Training and also Chairman of the State Council for Professor Title.
While praising the new professors and associate professors, Luan expressed his hope that they continue devoting themselves to national education and training development in particular.
"More and more we see lecturers, scientists and authors producing studies of great value for the nation's socio-economic development, defence and security, and many have gained prestige in the international academic community," said Luan.
"Professors and associate professors are a pivotal force in the training, fostering and development of a contingent of intellectuals for the country. They contribute to the building of a young generation of Vietnamese passionate for study and creative in scientific research," the minister stressed.
According to the General Secretary of the State Council for Professor Title, Tran Van Nhung, a total of 822 lecturers submitted dossiers in 2014 in hopes of earning recognition with the title of professor or associate professor.
The council voted and approved the professor title for 59 lecturers and granted 585 other lecturers the title of associate professor.
"The number of new professors and associate professors in 2014 was higher than in 2013 by 73," said Nhung, noting that, "the number of candidates having international scientific publications increased, especially in natural science, technology and medicine."
New professors and associate professors, especially young ones, must also demonstrate an adequate proficiency in English and information technology. This is required not just of the natural sciences but of the social sciences too," said Nhung.
The new class of professors includes Deputy Minister of Health Nguyen Viet Tien and Deputy Minister of Natural Resources and Environment Bui Cach Tuyen, who is also a former dean of HCM City's University of Agriculture and Forestry.
More than 11,000 professors and associate professors have been recognised in Viet Nam since 1976. — VNS