President attends historical sciences association’s 50th anniversary hinh anh 1President Tran Dai Quang (front, centre) and participants at the ceremony (Photo: VNA)

Hanoi (VNA) – President Tran Dai Quang attended a ceremony to mark the Vietnam Association of Historical Sciences (VAHS)’s 50th founding anniversary in Hanoi on November 29.

In his speech, the President stressed that history is of special importanceduring the course of development. The VAHS has united historians nationwide and connected with research and training agencies, helping to promote the development of Vietnam’s historical sciences and obtain significant achievements.

He appreciated the association’s efforts in reforming history-related activities, popularising historical knowledge, and giving advice and feedback on structures and projects relating to Vietnam’s history and culture. It has also given opinions on school curriculum and textbook reforms, including on history teaching and learning methods.

Public awareness of the country’s history has improved thanks to VAHS’s studies on different historical periods, from prehistory and ancient civilisations to the struggles for national liberation, the national renewal and international integration, he noted.

The VAHS should keep its attention to summarising historical facts and theories on Vietnam’s revolution under the Party’s leadership, thereby drawing out experience in national development and protection while providing scientific basis for perfecting the Party’s guidelines and policies and the State’s laws.

President Quang also asked the association to continue engaging in disseminating historical knowledge to all people, helping to improve the teaching of history, and giving feedback on relic preservation and restoration.

It also needs to organise international forums and workshops on historical events and persons, and sea and island sovereignty to raise Vietnamese historians’ global standing and enhance cooperation with their peers around the world, he added.

At the ceremony, President Quang presented the Labour Order (first class) to the association to recognise its devotion over the past five decades. VAHS Chairman Prof. Phan Huy Le was granted with the Independence Order (third class).

The VAHS comprises 33 provincial associations, four specialised associations, and 22 others at central research and history training agencies, gathering more than 5,200 members.-VNA