Female teacher who devotes her life to science

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Female teacher who devotes her life to science

Profofessor Dr. Dang Kim Chi, former Deputy Director of the School of Environmental Science and Technology under the Hanoi University of Science and Technology (HUST), has devoted her life to teaching and scientific research. Prof. Chi, who was granted the Kovalevskaia Award in 2009, was a pioneer in proposing measures to deal with environmental issues in Vietnam’s craft villages. On the occasion of Vietnamese Teachers’ Day, People’s Teacher Chi granted VOVNews an interview on her life and career. VOVNews: Why are you identified with environmental research? Prof. Chi: It was such a long way for me to become associated with environmental research. I graduated in chemistry from HUST in 1971 and became a teacher at the university after my graduation. In 1978, I was sent to The German Democratic Republic to study for a PhD in environmental protection, that was a milestone in my teaching and research career. VOVNews: Environmental protection was a new subject in Vietnam at that time. What did you do to integrate it into your curriculum? Prof. Chi: Because environmental protection was such a new concept in Vietnam when I returned, I faced many difficulties developing it. However, with the support of the university’s management board and through my own efforts, we managed to integrate the subject into the university’s curriculum. In the early days, we taught the general concept of environmental protection to all HUST students, then we set up a laboratory and designed the syllabus for the subject. In 1995, the first 17 students of environmental protection graduated and soon landed good jobs as they were all well-qualified for their work. The number of environmental protection graduates has seen a sharp increase from 17 in 1995 to 80 in 2003 and 100 in 2005. There were also more and more masters and PhDs of environmental protection so in 1998, HUST decided to establish a School of Environmental Science and Technology which was a giant step in the development of t

Prof. Chi, who was granted the Kovalevskaia Award in 2009, was a pioneer in proposing measures to deal with environmental issues in Vietnam’s craft villages.

On the occasion of Vietnamese Teachers’ Day, People’s Teacher Chi granted VOVNews an interview on her life and career.

VOVNews: Why are you identified with environmental research?

Prof. Chi: It was such a long way for me to become associated with environmental research. I graduated in chemistry from HUST in 1971 and became a teacher at the university after my graduation.

In 1978, I was sent to The German Democratic Republic to study for a PhD in environmental protection, that was a milestone in my teaching and research career.

VOVNews: Environmental protection was a new subject in Vietnam at that time. What did you do to integrate it into your curriculum?

Prof. Chi: Because environmental protection was such a new concept in Vietnam when I returned, I faced many difficulties developing it. However, with the support of the university’s management board and through my own efforts, we managed to integrate the subject into the university’s curriculum.

In the early days, we taught the general concept of environmental protection to all HUST students, then we set up a laboratory and designed the syllabus for the subject.

In 1995, the first 17 students of environmental protection graduated and soon landed good jobs as they were all well-qualified for their work.

The number of environmental protection graduates has seen a sharp increase from 17 in 1995 to 80 in 2003 and 100 in 2005. There were also more and more masters and PhDs of environmental protection so in 1998, HUST decided to establish a School of Environmental Science and Technology which was a giant step in the development of the subject.

VOVNews: How did your father, Professor Dang Vu Hy, influence your career?

Prof. Chi: My father was a dedicated person who devoted his whole life to his profession. He set a very good example for me to follow and I love and admire him very much.

Once when I saw him working intently in his room, I came up to him and said, “I wouldn’t learn any more if I were a professor like you”. He smiled and told me that I would never be able to become a professor if I did not try my best. His advice always encourages me to make greater efforts to gain more achievements in my career.

VOVNews: What motivates you to be successful in your life?

Prof. Chi: My family is my moral support that helps me overcome any difficulty, especially when I was studying in a foreign country very far from my home. I would never have been successful without my family’s support.

VOVNews: Like other Vietnamese women, you must also be very busy with your housework. How do you strike a balance?

Prof. Chi: This is a big problem for any modern woman because in addition to their career, they have to look after their family.

When I am at work, I always try my best to fulfill the job but when I am at home, I devote all my time to my husband and children.

VOVNews: What message would you like to send to young teachers on the occasion of Vietnamese Teachers’ Day?

Prof. Chi: For me, teaching is a glorious job and I am always happy to see my students become successful.

On the occasion of Vietnamese Teachers’ day, I would like to send my best wishes to all teachers and I hope they will always try their hardest to improve their knowledge and be successful in their career.

VOVNews: Thank you very much!

Box: The Kovalevskaia Award, named after a mathematician of Russian origin, is an annual award granted to women scientists who have made outstanding scientific achievements and contributions to society.

The Kovalevskaia Fund now sends support for socio-scientific in eight developing countries including Peru, El Salvador, Nicaragua, Mexico, Cuba, South Africa, Mozambique, and Vietnam.

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