Addressing the ceremony, Vietnamese Ambassador to Australia Hoang Vinh Thanh affirmed that the award acknowledges the professor’s active contributions to Vietnam ’s education cause.
Ian Young expressed his great honour to receive the award.
He said, Vietnam has been extremely pro-active in developing higher education and shown great foresight in recognising the role education will play in developing Vietnam , adding that ANU presently has more than 120 Vietnamese students – approximately 50 percent at Post Graduate level.
The Vice-Chancellor also expressed his hope to strengthen ties between ANU with Vietnam in areas such as joint education programmes, PhD training, research collaboration and cultural development.
Ian Young was appointed to Vice-Chancellor of ANU in March, 2011. Previously, he was Vice-Chancellor of Swinburne University of Technology for 7 years (2003-2011).