Hanoi (VNA) – The Vietnam-Poland Friendship Association on November 4 organised a ceremony to mark the 100th anniversary of Polish Independence Day (November 11).

Chairman of the association Pham Khoi Nguyen said that Vietnam and Poland share a number of similarities in history, love for peace, and sacrifice for national independence and sovereignty.

More than 4,000 Vietnamese youths once went to study in Poland and came back home to build the nation, he said, adding that they have served as a bridge to promote the Vietnam-Poland friendship.

Currently, Poland grants some 20 scholarships to excellent Vietnamese students each year, most of which are in philosophy, health care, geology, technology, agriculture, information and technology, and graphics, among others, he underlined.

Polish Ambassador to Vietnam Wojciech Gerwel, for his part, stressed that the Independence Day is a great honour of the Polish people as they regained freedom and preserve their own culture, language and tradition after years of struggle.

He took the occasion to thank Vietnamese friends for bridging two cultures, thus contributing to enhancing mutual understanding and bolstering the friendship between the two nations. He expressed his belief that the traditional cooperation with Vietnam will develop in a stronger manner, helping build a prosperous future in each country.

At the event, the Institute of Metallurgy and Material Science of Poland presented the “golden school report” to 55 Vietnamese students who pursued study at the most renowned education facilities in Poland 50 years ago.-VNA