The Prime Minister has approved a VND 651 billion maths development programme in the 2010-2020 period.
The programme focusing on mathematical research, application and lectures aims to raise Vietnam from its current 50-55th position to number 40 in the world by 2020.
By 2020, Vietnam hopes to have enough qualified maths lecturers at universities and colleges, more than 70% of whom hold PhD degree holders. Maths institutes and a number of math faculties at major universities are expected to become regional maths training and research centres by that time.
The programme aims to improve the quality of maths training and broaden its scale in both general and higher education.
Under the programme, the number of internationally announced mathematical publications is expected to double from the 2010 figure.
To achieve these targets, the programme will build the Maths Research Institute (MRI), to assist key mathematical application schemes, send maths researchers and teachers overseas for further training, and organise domestic and international maths conferences.
Maths is among the basic sciences that have developed well in the country since 1954, said Prof Le Tuan Hoa from the Vietnam Maths Association, adding that Vietnam won one gold, four silvers and one bronze at the International Mathematics Olympiad (IMO) 2010 in Kazakhstan.
Vietnam has attended the IMOs 34 times since 1974 and has bought from with 45 gold medals, 82 silvers and 63 bronzes. The country has been among the top 10 in maths out of more than 100 countries and territories over the past 10 years.
Noteworthy, Prof. Ngo Bao Chau, the country’s youngest maths professor and famous for the Langlands’ fundamental lemma project, is a candidate for the Fields prize, which will be announced at the International Congress of Mathematicians in India on August 19, 2010.(VNA)