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Hanoi (VNA) - The third open mathematics festival was launched on August 13 at the Hanoi University of Technology by the Vietnam Institute for Advanced Study in Mathematics.

The festival, which included a photo exhibition about mathematics application in daily life, seeks to create opportunities for students, teachers, parents and mathematicians from around the country to share their views and experiences related to mathematics.

Festival organisers also hope it will inspire lovers of mathematics and help promote the development of this field in Vietnam.

In another development, the Ministry of Education and Training awarded scholarships of 7.29 billion VND (324,000 USD) to 185 students from 12 universities and 297 high school students for excellence in mathematics.

In addition, 85 math projects were awarded 2.57 billion VND (114,200 USD).

Professor Tran Van Nhung, secretary general of the State Council for Professor Titles, said the award and scholarships would motivate teachers and students to continue striving for the country’s mathematics development.

The awards event is a part of the national target programme on mathematics development in the period 2010-20, which was approved by Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc.

Mathematics projects receiving the award must have been published on international magazines and must include one lecturer in addition to students.

Students awarded scholarships all had a grade of at least 9 in maths or had achievements in domestic and international contests for gifted students.-VNA