France will continue support for the University of Science and Technology of Hanoi (USTH) or Vietnam-France University in an effort to turn it into a hi-tech talent incubator in Vietnam.

French Ambassador to Vietnam Jean Noel Poirier made the affirmation at the new school year opening ceremony in Hanoi on December 18.

The USTH, established under a bilateral cooperation agreement between the Vietnamese and French Governments, is one of France ’s largest projects in Vietnam , he noted.

At the event, Minister of Education and Training Pham Vu Luan hailed outstanding achievements reaped by the university’s teachers and students over the past academic year.

He said he hopes that the university will become a silver lining in the cause of basic and comprehensive education renovation.

According to USTH Rector Prof. Pierre Sebaab, active cooperation between Vietnamese and French working groups in training, scientific research and management is vital to effective collaboration between the two nations in knowledge and technology.

A balanced bilateral cooperation will ensure the long-term success of this cooperation project, he stressed.

Set up in 2009, the university boasts a staff of professors and doctors from leading universities in France and Europe . It provides training to both Vietnamese and foreign students, including those from France , Spain , Laos , the Philippines and Nigeria .

Also at the ceremony, the USTH presented degrees to its graduated students and scholarships to students with outstanding performances.-VNA