Outstanding maths students honoured

Outstanding students in maths were honoured at a ceremony held on November 4 by the Ministry of Education and Training.

The sixth awards ceremony held to reward internationally published mathematics works and outstanding students

This is the sixth awards ceremony held to reward internationally published mathematics works and outstanding students as a part of the National Programme for the Development of Mathematics until 2020 and the Maths Open Day 2018.
Deputy Minister of Education Nguyen Huu Do congratulated teachers, researchers and students at the ceremony. All 23 Vietnamese students participating in the contest were presented with medals, comprising of eight gold, 10 silver and five bronze medals at the 15th International Mathematics and Science Olympiad held in China. This was the highest achievement by Vietnamese participants so far in the competition.
He said the ministry would continue developing the next phase of the programme after 2020.
"Maths is one of the most important subjects. It's clear that we want to use maths to solve daily problems. Exchanges and new experiences on the maths Open Day may help inspire students. This year Maths Open Day also welcomed international students, proving that this mode is worth being expanded nation-wide," he said.
Le Minh Ha, director of Vietnam Institute for Advanced Study in Mathematics, said that last year, 98 published works were awarded VND32.5m (USD1,400) each. This year, a total of 99 works have been awarded VND34.7m.
The Ministry of Education and Training also gave a scholarship of VND18.3m (USD780) to 483 students as encouragement.
Nguyen Dang Khanh, head of Nguyen Dinh Chieu School for the Gifted, said that both teachers and students in the Mekong Delta didn't have high qualifications like the teachers and students in other cities and provinces. However, the situation has improved after the National Programme for the Development of Mathematics was started.
"If it is possible, I hope the Vietnam Institute for Advanced Study in Mathematics will support some schools in the Mekong Delta to train the teachers twice or three times a year, hold summer camps for students and help them with more books," he said.
The representative for teachers and researchers, Ngo Thi Thanh Nga from Thang Long University, said she hoped maths would have more investments.
"The ceremony is a great event to honour achievements in maths and encouragement for those who are studying and researching maths," she said.

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