|Man of letters: Writer Nguyên Ngọc, chairman of Phan Châu Trinh Institute, gives an opening speech at the introduction of the institute. — Photo Quảng Nam Portal |Viet Nam News
HỘI AN — The ancient city of Hội An has debuted its Phan Châu Trinh Institute to boost culture and social science research of the central Quảng Nam Province, the central and Central Highlands region and Việt Nam as a whole.
The institute, chaired by famous writer Nguyên Ngọc, will introduce cultural and social services including English and Vietnamese lessons for foreigners, and the culture and ideology of Quảng Nam as written by scholar Phan Châu Trinh (1872-1926) – a Vietnamese nationalist seeking to end France’s colonial occupation of Việt Nam in the early 20th century.
The institute’s council also voted former vice president Nguyễn Thị Bình as an honorary chairman at the official inauguration of the institute on February 7th.
The institute plans to compile a 20-volume book about Quảng Nam as a comprehensive encyclopedia of the central province and a study of the 30-year development of Hội An city, as well as sociological surveys, and studies on the culture and history of the Central Highlands region.
In 2007, the Phan Châu Trinh private college was established in the city, with 12 faculties of language, literature, information technology, business and finance. — VNS