President Truong Tan Sang met with 78 outstanding ethnic minority students in Hanoi on November 1, asking them to continue their academic endeavours as a contribution to the nation-building process.

Ethnic minority students are an important human resource for local development, he said, adding that during the country’s renovation process, students should do whatever they can to contribute to national development.

The students were part of a group of more than 110 ethnic minority students from all over the country who were honoured at a ceremony in Hanoi for their outstanding achievements in national academic competitions and the university entrance exams in 2014.

The President praised the Government’s Committee on Ethnic Minority Affairs, the Vietnam News Agency and relevant agencies for the initiative to honour outstanding students, saying that the ceremony was a chance for the students meet and share their academic experience and efforts to contribute to socio-economic development in Vietnam, and the ethnic-inhabited areas in particular.-VNA