Vietnamese Talents
Vietnamese Talents Awards: 10 years realising dreams
  • By Quoc Phan-Viet Hung | | July 24, 2014 02:00 PM
 >>  10th Vietnamese Talents Awards takes place in southern Vietnam

For the tenth year, the Vietnamese Talents Awards has honoured many outstanding individuals in various fields and helped them to realise their dreams.

The award, initiated by the Vietnam Study Encouragement Association, was co-organised by VNPT, Vietnam Television (VTV) and Dantri online newspaper. Pham Huy Hoan, editor-in-chief of Dantri, said, "We've received many new ideas and products, not only from people living in Vietnam, but also from overseas Vietnamese living in many countries like France, the US, Australia, Germany and Singapore."

The product that was runner-up in the 1st Vietnam Talents Awards has found successful applications both in Vietnam and around the world. In 2013, the winner in the information and technology category of Vietnamese Talents Awards was also honoured in the Red Herring's Top 100 Global. "I think that this will provide the motivation and empower individuals to take part in Vietnam's development in the field of information and technology," said Pham Huy Hoan.

Each year there are about 200 entries to the competition. With its reputation in the field of information and technology, people are curious to find out who will come out the winner in this category. Over the years, Vietnam Talents Awards also received much attention from state agencies.

"In the sixth year, former president Nguyen Minh Triet suggested that we open new categories in the fields of the sciences and health," said Hoan. The Vietnamese Talents Awards now includes the sciences and applied sciences, environment and health. Several people also suggested that education be included, however the Ministry of Education and Training has not approved or built any judging mechanism.

Nguyen Van Hieu, vice chairman of the Vietnam Study Encouragement Association, and one of the judges, said, "In order to have fast and sustainable development, we must focus on education, the sciences and technology. The Israeli people have been able to turn a barren land into highly productive agricultural land because they have a vibrant intellectual community with skilled scientists."

Pham Huy Hoan, editor-in-chief of Dantri (right) presenting flower to Nguyen Van Hieu, vice chairman of the Vietnam Study Encouragement Association during an online forum on the 10th Vietnamese Talents Awards on July 23.

Hieu went on to say that the salary and bonuses at state agencies have failed to attract and encourage scientists to work for them.

Bui Quoc Viet, director of VNPT, said they hope to make Vietnamese Talents Awards into a regional and worldwide-scale awards.

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