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Vietnam Trip Report --March 2010 Neal Koblitz, koblitz@math.washington.edu

Summary: Vietnam Trip Report -- March 2010
Neal Koblitz, koblitz@math.washington.edu
Trip Report
Appendix 1. Summary of my views on higher education reform in Vietnam
Appendix 2. A brief proposal to improve university education
Appendix 3. A proposal (with the assistance of C. V. Ramakrishman) for peer review
of grants
When Ann and I left Seattle for Vietnam on March 5, I felt a mixture of excitement
and apprehension. On the one hand, there were some very pleasant things to look forward
to. We would be with old friends -- mathematicians and women's activists -- whom we
had not seen in over two years. We knew that "Women's Week 2010" would end with
a big celebration of the 25th anniversary of the Vietnam Kovalevskaia Prizes for women
scientists, and that in this connection the government of Vietnam had decided to give Ann
and me Friendship Medals. And my colleagues at the Hanoi Math Institute had arranged
for the Vietnam Academy of Science and Technology (VAST) to grant me a Doctorate
Honoris Causa.
On the other hand, for the first time in the 32 years that we have been visiting Viet-
nam, I had recently taken a very public stand on a range of sensitive issues. I had written


Source: Anderson, Richard - Department of Computer Science and Engineering, University of Washington at Seattle


Collections: Computer Technologies and Information Sciences