International help sought in boosting math education
  • | VNS | December 21, 2011 09:10 PM

Strengthening international co-operation is one of the ways to develop the study of mathematics in countries like Vietnam, experts have said. 

At a three-day international conference on mathematics and applications that began yesterday in HCM City, Professor Le Tuan Hoa, chairman of the Vietnam Mathematical Society (VMS), said that mathematics was finding increasing application in many fields including natural sciences, technology, social sciences and economics.

"So it is important to develop mathematics, but this task is not easy for countries in the region, including Vietnam," Hoa said.

In general, Vietnam had not yet seen many achievements in the field of mathematics and its applications are weak, he said, adding that Vietnam had been carrying out many programmes and strengthening international co-operation to develop mathematics by 2020.

VMS would try to work with math societies in the region and organise many workshops that would invite foreign experts to co-operate in helping develop the discipline in the country, he said.

In the short-run, it would invite Vietnamese math professors who work at institutes in other countries like Ngo Bao Chau and Vu Ha Van to train domestic scientists.

Professor Efim Zelmanov, who was awarded a Fields Medal (analogues of the Nobel Prize in mathematics) in 1994, said at the conference that Vietnam had a few famous mathematic professors teaching in universities and institutes in western countries.

International mathematics societies had been watching the development of Vietnam's mathematics, he said.

The conference attracted more than 100 domestic and foreign scientists who presented papers nearly 70 topics relating to mathematics and its application.

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