A Vietnamese professor received Tuesday the National Order of Merit from France, together with his two colleagues, who themselves won the Academic Palms Awards from the EU nation.
Director of the Hanoi National University (HNU), Professor and Academic Dao Trong Thi received the National Order of Merit (Ordre National du Mérite).
His two deputy directors at HNU, Professors and Doctors Vu Minh Giang, Mai Trong Thuan were awarded the Academic Palms Awards (Palmes académiques).
The French authorities greatly appreciated the three Vietnamese for their distinguished achievements in the sector of education, scientific research and culture.
The Ordre National du Mérite was founded by President Charles de Gaulle in 1963, while, the Palmes académiques was originally created by Napoleon to honor eminent members of the University of Paris.
The latter was re-established on October 4, 1955 by President René Coty and is one of the world’s oldest civil awards.