The tradition of naming a student intake after famous people has existed for a long time at many prestigious French universities. With the desire to promote this special culture, USTH (also known as Vietnam-France University) officially launched a vote to choose the suitable name for GEN 13.
At many reputable French universities, each student intake is given a unique name. This tradition has become the pride and evokes deep cultural and historical values for each intake of students. This is also a way for students to remember and pay tribute to philosophers, scientists, culturalists, etc., who have made great contributions to humanity and the country. Former French President François Hollande (2012-2017) was an alumni of the 1978-1980 intake, known as Voltaire intake, of the National School of Administration.
At USTH, up to now, we call each intake by the phrase “Gen X” (where X is the numeric order of the intake from the first year of admission in 2010). This term is very popular in the higher education system in Vietnam and is also commonly used at many universities around the world.
However, the USTH community always aspires to innovate, constantly receiving the beauties in the two cultures of Vietnam – France, building the community’s own cultural values and passing them on to the next generations.
Therefore, from this academic year, USTH decided to name each intake after a great Vietnamese or French scientist and culturalist. It means the name of the 2022-2025 intake will be Gen 13 – AB (where AB is the name of a scientist, culturalist).
In order to implement the above idea, USTH officially launched the vote to choose the NAME of GEN 13 in the USTH community.
This voting event is expected to become an annual tradition of USTH, which shows the responsibility and the welcoming spirit of the USTH community to each new student intake.
Details of the voting are as follows:
- Undergraduate and postgraduate students who have been or are studying at USTH
- Staff and lecturers who have been or are working at USTH
- French lecturers, researchers and experts who have been or are working at USTH
2. Voting rules
- The name given to each intake at USTH (for bachelor’s programs only) is the name of Vietnamese or French scientists and culturalists; Vietnamese and French figures will be taken turns to name each intake.
- The proposed name with the highest number of votes will be selected for GEN 13. GEN 14 will be named after the person whose nationality is different from the selected one and with the higher number of votes. New proposals will be voted on for the GEN 15 and GEN 16 intake.
3. Proposals for the name of Gen 13
- Chu Van An: Principal – The Temple of Literature
- Hoang Thi Nga: The first Vietnamese woman to receive a PhD in France in 1935 (University of Paris – PhD thesis: Photoelectric properties of organic substances)
- Marie Curie: Outstanding Physicist and Chemist, laureate of 2 Nobel Prizes (Nobel Prize in Physics in 1903 and Nobel Prize in Chemistry in 1911)
- Joseph Fourier: Mathematician and Physicist. He is known for inventing the Fourier series, the Fourier transform and the discovery of the greenhouse effect
4. Link: https://forms.gle/jAd46DTie86HiUE77
5. Time: 20/09 – 30/09/2022
6. Result day: 01/10/2022
|About 4 proposals for the intake 2022 – 2025:
Teacher Chu Van An is famous for being strict, respecting talents and hating greedy people. He had many good students who contributed to the country such as Pham Su Manh, Le Quat, two great mandarins of the Tran dynasty.
Under the reign of King Tran Minh Tong, he was appointed principal of The Temple of Literature, supervising education for the whole country. During his lifetime, he was respected by the people as “Vạn thế sư biểu”, meaning the eminent teacher of Vietnamese education.
After passing the first part of baccalaureate in Vietnam, she went to France to study the second part of the baccalaureate and then entered the Faculté des Sciences in Paris. After graduating with a bachelor of science, she pursued the doctoral degree and defended her doctoral thesis on March 19, 1935. At that time, the number of people with university degrees in our country could only be “counted on the fingers”.
Dr. Hoang Thi Nga is not only the first woman who got a doctoral degree at a Western university but also the first doctor of fundamental science in Vietnam.
Marie Curie is a French physicist and chemist of Polish descent. She is famous for her research on radioactive substances and radioactive phenomena. She is the first and only woman in the world so far to be awarded the Nobel Prize twice in two different fields. She is regarded as the most outstanding female scientist in the world.
Jean Baptiste Joseph Fourier was a French mathematician and physicist. He is known for establishing the Fourier series and its applications in thermodynamics. Later, the Fourier transform was also named in memory of his contributions.
In the field of Physics, one of his important contributions was the discovery of the Greenhouse Effect in 1824. That is the key problem of Climate Change. It is thanks to the discovery of the Greenhouse Effect that humanity is more active in the fight against climate change.