Two Vietnamese citizens were honored on Thursday for their contributions to the French-Vietnamese friendship.
The Foreign Trade University’s Rector Hoang Van Chau and the Vietnam-France Law House’s former librarian La Thi Anh received the National Order of Merit, with the rank of Knight, from French ambassador to Vietnam Jean-Noël Poirier at the Embassy of France in Hanoi.
Chau began his career as a teacher at the Hanoi-based Foreign Trade University, one of the most well-known universities in Vietnam, in 1977.
He became Dean of the university’s Economic Faculty in 1993 before being appointed as Vice-Rector in 1998 and Rector in 2005.
“Prof. Dr. Hoang Van Chau, Rector of the Foreign Trade University, has initiated many effective cooperation programs with French universities,” French ambassador Jean-Noël Poirier told the awarding ceremony.
La Thi Anh graduated from the Hanoi University of Foreign Language Education’s French department in 1981. She obtained a librarian degree from the Vocational College five years later before receiving a law degree from the Hanoi Law University in 2002.
As a librarian of the Vietnam-France Law House, home to about 3,000 books, Anh played a main role in the France and Vietnam relationship.
She assisted in creating the agreements that allowed Vietnamese agencies to have access to France’s legal databases on the Internet and chose books to be transferred to the National Library of Vietnam after the Vietnam-France Law House closed in late 2012.
The National Order of Merit was founded in 1963 by President Charles de Gaulle to reward French and foreign nationals for distinguished achievements.