Vietnam educator receives France highest decoration

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Ton Nu Thi Ninh, a former politician and now an educator, has been bestowed the highest decoration of France for her contributions to Vietnam's development and the two countries' relationship.

The French Legion of Honor, created by Napoleon Bonaparte in 1802, was granted to Ninh at the Consulate General of France in Ho Chi Minh City early this week, according to the diplomatic agency's press release.

This time she received the insignia of "Commander," which is higher than the "Officer" she was honored in 1997 following the Francophone Summit in Hanoi, where she was one of the organizers.

One of the most outstanding Vietnamese students in the French higher education, Ninh started teaching at universities in France in 1964.

When she returned to Vietnam in 1972, she continued working as a university lecturer until seven years later she became a diplomat at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, helping Vietnam join international organizations like the United Nations.

Between 2000 and 2003, Ninh served as Vietnamese ambassador to Belgium and Luxembourg.

After that she was named the vice chairwoman of the National Assembly's Foreign Affairs Committee, mainly in charge of relations with the countries of North America and Western Europe.

In 2007, she became chairman of the founding committee of Tri Viet International University and has since kept working in the field of education.

Over the years, Ninh has also worked to improve and promote the role of women in Vietnam's society, including the foundation of the Global network of Vietnamese women, according to the press release.

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