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VietNamNet Bridge – The central Binh Dinh Province received its first-ever Science Avenue following a naming ceremony co-organised by provincial People’s Committee and the International Centre for Interdisciplinary Science and Education (ICISE) on Thursday. Professor Gerard’t Hooft (second, right) and Professor Tran Thanh Van (first right) have a chat following a ceremony held to name the Science Avenue in coastal city of Quy Nhon. — Photo The Science Avenue connects National Highway 1D and the science and education urban area located in Zone II in coastal city of Quy Nhon’s Ghenh Rang Ward. The 192ha urban area is home to the ICISE, a scientific space complex and research institutes.  Speaking at the ceremony, co-owner of 1999 Nobel Prize in Physics Professor Gerard’t Hooft said it was his honour to partake in affixing the Science Avenue plate on the road. The Dutch professor said he is convinced that the road will welcome many more scientists.   Construction of the avenue began in 2013.  As the President of Rencontres du Vietnam, Prof. Hooft is in Viet Nam to attend a scientific event on cosmography in Quy Nhon City this week.  Chairman of the Meet Vietnam Organisation, Professor Tran Thanh Van said: "On such a small road there is a big spirit to develop science.”  “Similarly, each of us, though small, is full of giant ideas and fond of discovering giant things. For that road to develop forever, it is essential to build a science avenue: a science urban area strongly developing…... [read more]

In recent years Quy Nhon, the capital of Binh Dinh Province, has emerged as a picturesque coastal city with rich tourism, economic and scientific research potential. Despite its limited area, the city abounds in lush greenery. At its very heart lies a six-hectare green urban space zone which is situated on Nguyen Tat Thanh and An Duong Vuong Streets and stretches to the beaches in Quy Nhon Bay. The green space was created with help from the local government. Ho Quoc Dung, chair of the provincial People’s Committee, said the urban green space is the fruit of the concerted resolve made by generations of provincial and municipal leaders for more than 20 years. “Our predecessors were well aware that allowing short-term investment or rampant construction of high-rises would add money to the provincial budget, but at the permanent cost of the city losing its identity and tourist appeal,” he noted. “It was a bold decision to turn the over-6-hectare plot at the primest location in the city’s heart into a lushly-vegetated square, considering its relatively dense population of between 15,000 and 18,000 heads per square kilometer,” Dung stressed. Vu Hoang Ha, former secretary of the provincial Party Committee, said the Binh Dinh leaders during the late 1980s observed that despite Quy Nhon’s limited area of around 284 square kilometers, including the inner-city area of 1,000 hectares , the city is endowed with a vast area of mountains, lagoons and lakes. “The leaders, including those who took office right after 1975,…... [read more]

Odon Vallet scholarships for Vietnamese students Seventy-five scholarships worth VND8 million each were for students of Quang Binh and Ha Tinh universities and Quang Tri College and the remaining worth VND5 million each, for secondary pupils in Quang Binh, Quang Tri and Ha Tinh provinces and children at SOS village in Dong Hoi City. Since 2001, Professor Odon Vallet has granted more than 18,000 scholarships worth more than VND112 billion on total to Vietnamese students and pupils through Rencontres Du Vietnam. Over the past 12 years, French scientist, Professor Odon Vallet has spent all his saving money on scholarships for French and Vietnamese students.... [read more]

Pantheon-Sorbonne University student Thinh Thanh Phuoc, a first time Vallet scholarship recipient, expressed his gratitude to Prof Odon Vallet, the Sorbonne Paris University, and Prof Tran Thanh Van (Chairman of the Scientific and Educational Organisation, Rencontres Du Vietnam) for their significant contributions to Vietnamese education. Phuoc said the scholarship will help him complete his research on ‘Score’, an important probability tool that can identify a sample’s rate of business bankruptcy over the previous three years. He hoped that Score would be a practical method given the fact that the global economic recession is not out of the woods yet and the number of businesses filing for bankruptcy keeps rising. Prof Vallet affirmed that he will continue with and increase the value of his scholarships offered to Vietnamese students despite France’s recent economic hardships. The scholarship awards ceremony has been held every two years for the past 12 years—in late August and early September in Vietnam, and in early November in France. This year, Prof Vallet has presented 2,500 scholarships worth a total of VND23 billion to students in many Vietnamese provinces. Prof Van noted outstanding students of the natural sciences like mathematics, physics, chemistry, and biology are eligible for the scholarships. He also confirmed students can receive the award in two successive years.... [read more]

A scholarship granting ceremony was held by the Quang Binh Study Encouragement Society and the Rencontres du Vietnam (Meeting Vietnam) organization in Dong Hoi city on August 29. The recipients included 227 in Quang Binh, 45 in Quang Tri and 45 in Ha Tinh. The scholarship is valued at VND5.5 million for each pupil and VND9 million for each student. French Prof. Odon Vallet said he has spent all his savings on the scholarship programme for both French and Vietnamese pupils and students. Since 2001, he has presented more than 20,000 scholarships worth over VND100 billion to Vietnamese pupils and students. In 2013, the “Meeting Vietnam” organization allocates more than 2,000 Vallet scholarships worth approximately VND19 billion for outstanding pupils and students in the three regions of Vietnam.... [read more]

Professors Ngoc and Van are widely known not only for their scientific achievements but for their big hearts in assisting tens of thousands of disadvantaged children, said Vice President Doan in making the presentation at the Presidential Palace. Though now in their seventies, the couple still regularly travels between France and Vietnam to present financial grants and scholarships to Vietnamese students based on academic performance and need. With unparalleled enthusiasm and zest, the two have inspired passionate scientific research for generations of students and young scientists, helping enhancthe solidarity of the French-Vietnam friendship.... [read more]

French professor grants 2,200 scholarships Kieu Giang By Kieu Giang in HCMC Over 400 students from HCMC and southern regions gathered at the City Opera House to receive scholarships from French professor Odon Vallet and Vietnamese-French professor Tran Thanh Van last week. The beneficiaries were among 2,200 students in Vietnam to receive the 13th scholarship program. High-school students received VND7.5 million each while university students and young scholars received VND12 million each. Vallet is a professor in the field of religious history of Sorbonne University. He uses his 100-million-euros inheritance to grant scholarships for students in France, Benin (Nigeria) and Vietnam. Professor Van has made great contributions to the scientific and education fields of the Rencontre du Vietnam (Meet Vietnam), he is chairman, and also donated money to the organization to help Vietnamese talents. Professor Van named the scholarship program Odon Vallet to appreciate the heart-felt acts from his French friend. From 2001 to 2012, over 19,000 Odon Vallet scholarships worth over VND80 billion have been donated. “We do hope beneficiaries will remember to improve personalities and knowledge by reading books and have creative learning methods as they are the future of Vietnam,” professor Van, said at the ceremony last Friday.... [read more]

By Tuong Vi in HCMC Over 400 Vietnamese high school and university students in southern Vietnam received scholarships on Saturday from a French philanthropist and scientific organization, Rencontres du Vietnam (Meetings of Vietnam). French professor Odon Vallet granted the Vallet Scholarships worth VND7.5 million for university students and young researchers, and VND5 million for highschool students in HCMC on Saturday to students who came from as far as Binh Thuan Province north of HCMC and the southern most province Ca Mau. This is the 10th year of the Vallet scholarship program for excellent students. It also assists students from poor families in Vietnam. So far this year 2,150 Vallet scholarships have been awarded here worth VND12 billion, compared to VND9 billion in 2009. There have been a total of 17,000 such grants since 2001. Following HCMC, Vallet and Rencontres du Vietnam will go to Dalat, Danang, Hue, Dong Hoi, and Hanoi to grant the rest of scholarships until September 5. In 1993, President of Vietnam Academy of Science and Technology, Nguyen Van Hieu had an idea to set up a scientific association. He told professor Tran Thanh Van, a Vietnamese physicist working in France, and Van set up Rencontres du Vietnam there. Physicists, scholars and Nobel prize winners have traveled to Vietnam to attend scientific conferences held by the association. Tran Thanh Van and Nguyen Van Hieu also opened the Vietnam School of Physics in Vietnam which holds two week summer and winter schools for masters, doctorate and post doctorate…... [read more]

Lao Cai hammered with flash floods, landslides Flash floods and landslides triggered by a storm struck the northern upland province of Lao Cai early last Friday, leaving three people dead and seven others missing as of the end of the day. According to the provincial committee for natural disaster control, search and rescue, there are five people injured, more than 20 homes washed away by floodwaters and buried by rockslides, 450 other houses flooded and two suspension bridges damaged. Preliminary statistics showed more than 100,000 hectares of just-cultivated rice was inundated and over 1,000 hectares of aquaculture damaged. Total damage is estimated at about VND200 billion. Nguyen Anh Tuan, director of the Lao Cai Department of Agriculture and Rural Development, told the Daily last Friday that Sapa, Bat Xat and Bao Thang districts of the province were hit by heavy downpours on late Thursday and early Friday. Flooding in the Coc San stream area and a sludge overflow from a nearby hill on Friday submerged the Coc San water plant under water and sludge, the committee said. The water treatment plant with a daily capacity of 18,000 to 20,000 cubic meters has stopped operation as a result. It might take at least three days to get the facility resuming water treatment. Due to rising water levels in the Red River, floodwaters have been ebbing slowly. National Highway 4D was struck by landslides. Nearly 100 tourists, mostly foreigners, were stranded on the road on Friday and taken to Sapa District safely…... [read more]

In his opening speech, Professor Van welcomed the more than 55 scientists in attendance from 25 nations to the 12th edition of the conference. The purpose of the dialogue running August 8-13, he said, is to serve as a bridge connecting collaborating scientists on matters pertaining to planetary science and space. This year, scientists speaking at the event have put together a compelling proposal that outlines multiple topics for potential collaborative research regarding ambitious activities related to exploring the solar system with robots and humans. It is the aspiration of ICISE, he noted to serve as a catalyst for domestic and international scientists, enabling them to cross-team and utilize interdisciplinary research to push the boundaries of science in the exploration of the stars. Chairing the meeting is Professor Nick Cox (Institute for research in astronomy, planetary studies and IRAP, Toulousse University-France), he said, with special presentations by famous physicist Josef Hron (Australia), Jacco Van Loon (UK), Paola Marigo (Italy) and Pham Thi Tuyet Nhung (National Academy of science and technology of Vietnam). Since 1993 the Rencontres du Vietnam, which is an official partner of UNESCO, has organized international scientific conferences and schools to foster exchanges between Vietnamese or Asia-Pacific scientists and colleagues from other parts of the world. The construction of the International Centre for Interdisciplinary Science Education (ICISE) in the city of Quy Nhon had the ambitious objective to focus on developing Science and Education, helping Asian students and scientists meet with the international community, bringing the opportunity to…... [read more]

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