|Associate Professor Văn Như Cương. — Photo thoibao.today|Viet Nam News
HÀ NỘI — Associate Professor Văn Như Cương, 80, principal of Hà Nội-based Lương Thế Vinh High School, passed away early Monday in Hà Nội after fighting cancer for three years.
Cương, is believed to have been a dedicated teacher contributing much to the development of the national education sector.
He established the school in 1989 – the first private school in Việt Nam in the early years of the Đổi mới (Renewal) period. The school is now one of the prestigious schools in the country.
He also compiled over 60 geometric textbooks at levels of high school and university during his life.
Additionally, Cương, a member of the National Council on Education, has several times pointed out shortcomings of the national education sector and called for change.
Cương, who was born in the central province of Nghệ An’s Quỳnh Đôi Village, studied mathematics at the Institute of Mathematics under the former Soviet Union’s Academy of Sciences and successfully defended his doctoral dissertation in 1971.
One of his quotes, proving his education philosophy that many generations of his students remember the most is “ You could become a skilled worker, a qualified engineer, a leading researcher, a successful businessman and an outstanding leader, but at first, you must be educated to become a kind person.” — VNS