President Hollande talks to Vietnamese students

Tuesday, 2016-09-06 18:14:32
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President Francois Hollande and VNU students pose for photo (Photo: VNA)
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NDO/VNA—French President François Hollande talked with students at the Vietnam National University–Hanoi (VNU–Hanoi) on September 6 during his state visit to Vietnam from September 5-7.

Addressing an audience of lecturers and students, President Hollande stressed that France and Vietnam had a time-honoured relationship which included some tragic periods, but that the two countries had left the past behind and built co-operative ties for mutual development.

He noted that terrorism was no longer an issue of any single country, but that it had become a global one, and that France had also fallen victim to many acts of terrorism acts.

The President thanked Vietnam for its sympathy for the French people during times of difficulty, and stated that countries must unite to ensure global security.

When disputes arise, they should be solved through peaceful dialogue and negotiations, Hollande said, adding that France and Vietnam both wanted to address disputes peacefully—a common point for the two countries.

Therefore, France would support Vietnam in its peacekeeping activities, as Vietnam was making an active contribution to the United Nations’ peacekeeping missions, he said.

Regarding economic development, the French President appreciated Vietnam’s open-door policy, saying that the country had been able to make use of its strengths for development while preserving its national culture.

He recommended, however, that Vietnam also develop hi-tech industries and pledged that France would continue to share advanced technologies with Vietnam.

The President expressed his hope that more Vietnamese students would choose France as a destination for study, saying that promoting links between the two countries’ universities and the teaching of French in Vietnamese universities would provide more opportunities for Vietnamese students to pursue higher education in France.

VNU–Hanoi President Nguyen Kim Son said VNU–Hanoi had established and maintained co-operative ties with many French partners, including the École Polytechnique, the University of Nantes and Paris-Sud University. The university also actively participates in multilateral co-operative mechanisms and programmes in the framework of the Francophone Community and the Francophone University Agency (AUF).

The partnership between VNU–Hanoi and its French partners has a firm foundation in the historical ties between the university and France, and VNU–Hanoi will step up its efforts to strengthen this special relationship.

VNU–Hanoi is the descendent of the Indochinese University, which was the first western-style institution of tertiary education in Indochina, established by the French in 1906. It is now a leading training and research establishment in Vietnam.

On the occasion of President Hollande’s visit, VNU–Hanoi and the École Polytechnique signed an agreement to boost their partnership on high-quality training.