A Canadian and four Vietnamese researchers were awarded the Phan Chau Trinh Award in HCM City on March 24 (File Photo courtesy of Phan Chau Trinh Culture Foundation)
HCM City (VNA) - The 2017 Phan Chau Trinh Culture and Education Award was presented to Vietnamese-French Professor Cao Huy Thuan at a ceremony in HCM City on March 24 night.

Thuan, a lecturer of Law and Politics at the University of Picardie in Paris, France, has published several books on political science and international relations in both Vietnamese and French.

“I am deeply touched to receive the Phan Chau Trinh Award. The prize is very meaningful to an overseas Vietnamese like me,” Thuan said.

Born in the central province of Thua Thien-Hue, Thuan graduated from the HCM City University of Law in 1960, and taught at the Huế University from 1962-1964. Later, he studied and worked in France.

Thuan regularly visits Vietnam to take part in workshops and seminars on politics, society and Buddhism.

The Phan Chau Trinh Research Prize was shared by professors Trinh Van Thao and Tran Dinh Su.

Thao is known for his work on Vietnamese culture and history in modern times, while Su is renowned for his work on literature.

Translator Nguyen Hong Nhung received the translation prize for her translations of Hungarian literature and philosophy.

The Vietnamese studies prize was given to Vietnamese studies expert Alexander Woodside of Canada for his work on Vietnamese history.

The annual Phan Chau Trinh Awards was launched in 2008 by the Phan Chau Trinh Culture Foundation to honour domestic and foreign individuals and groups for their contributions to Vietnamese culture, translation, and research and Vietnamese studies.

The awards are named after national hero, poet and cultural expert Phan Chau Trinh, a reformer who fought in the resistance movement against the French when he was very young.

Born in 1872 in the central province of Quang Nam, Trinh devoted all of his life to the country’s modernisation.

The Phan Chau Trinh Culture Foundation is managed by the Vietnam Union of Science and Technology Associations.-VNA