In opening the meeting, Vietnamese Ambassador to France Nguyen Ngoc Son said the Vietnamese community in France has the right to feel proud of the many intellectuals and scientists who studied in France and made significant contributions to the home nation development over the past nearly one century.

 Vietnamese Ambassador to France Nguyen Ngoc Son speaking at the event

He honoured such outstanding scholars as Tran Dai Nghia, Pham Ngoc Thach, Ta Quang Buu, Le Tham Thiem, Ho Dac Di, Tran Huu Tuoc, among others.

Many others are currently involved in numerous projects and works in Vietnam, contributing actively to the nation’s development, Son said, citing as examples Professors Tran Thanh Van, Le Kim Ngoc, Nguyen Khac Nhan, Le Van Cuong and Nguyen Quy Dao.

The Ambassador stressed that the Vietnamese Party and the State have identified science and technology as the first priority to in efforts to narrow the development gap between Vietnam and other nations. Therefore, thousands of Vietnamese experts and scientists living and working in France will be a great force to help Vietnam reap benefits from the fourth industrial revolution and success in international integration and development.

Prof. Nguyen Duc Khuong, President of the Association of Vietnamese Scientists and Experts in France (AVSE) introduced the network of Vietnamese experts and scientists in France recently set up by the Association.

For his part, Prof. Nguyen Quy Dao, Emeritus Research Director of the French National Institute for Scientific Research (CNRS) introduced a France – Vietnam cooperation program on training engineers with the participation of 10 French Universities and four Vietnamese partners.

During the meeting, participants also expressed their concern over the modest pace of national development and suggested measures to counter challenges facing numerous fields, including health care, culture, and urban development.

Source: VNA