The French-born Vallet was honored in recognition of his contributions to bringing study opportunities to Vietnamese pupils and students through the Vallet Scholarship Program as well as promoting Vietnam-France relations.

Vice President Dang Thi Ngoc Thinh (R) congratulating History Professor Odon Vallet on the reception of Friendship Order 

She said Vallet scholarships have become a source of encouragement to Vietnamese students in the past years and expected the French professor to further his support for Vietnam in education development and children healthcare and protection.

Expressing his honor to receive Vietnam’s noble order for foreigners, Odon Vallet underlined that he will continue to present scholarships in fields of science-technology, mathematics, chemistry and biology to Vietnamese disadvantaged pupils and students in mountainous, remote, border and island areas. 

Many of the Vallet scholarship recipients have received the world’s scientific awards, he added.

From 1990, through the Aid to the Children of Vietnam (AEVN) in France, Odon Vallet made financial contributions to repairing and upgrading SOS Children’s Village in Lam Dong, Thua Thien-Hue, Quang Binh and Nghe An.

In 1999, he set up the Vallet Scholarship fund for high-achieving students in France, Vietnam and Bennin (Germany). The fund is drawn from the professor’s personal inheritance from his father, once a poor laborer who made his fortune from the insurance business. To date, nearly 30,000 scholarships have been given to Vietnamese students with total money mounting to 150 billion VND (6.6 million USD).

Source: VNA