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The 50th Anniversary Ceremony of the Establishment of Can Tho University
Monday, 4 April 2016

On March 31st, 2016, Can Tho University (CTU) solemnly held the 50th anniversary ceremony of the establishment of Can Tho University (March 31st, 1966 - March 31st, 2016).

It is CTU’s pleasure to welcome high-ranking leaders and politicians of the State and localities across the country. CTU was also honored with the presence of international friends such as Ambassador of Belgium in Vietnam; Consul General of Canada in Ho Chi Minh City (HCMC); Deputy Consul General of Korea in HCMC; Deputy Head of JICA Office in Vietnam; representatives from the US Consulate General, Consulate General of France, Taipei Office of Economic and Culture in HCMC, JICA, the partnership universities and institutions in the UK, Belgium, Taiwan, Denmark, Netherlands, South Korea, USA, Malaysia, Japan, France, Sri Lanka, Thailand, Australia; international delegations; professors, experts and representatives of foreign organizations teaching, working, studying at the University.

The 50th anniversary ceremony of the establishment of CTU taking place at the Great hall

Assoc.Prof.Dr. Ha Thanh Toan, Rector of CTU in the opening speech

At the beginning of the ceremony, Assoc.Prof.Dr. Ha Thanh Toan, Rector of CTU sending an opening speech to recall the history, the non-stop development process of  CTU in the past fifty years. Located in the heart of Can Tho City, CTU is a key higher education and postgraduate institution of the State in the Mekong Delta; and is the center of culture, science and technology in the region. The University  has continuously developed and perfected, from a small number of initial training disciplines, it developed into a multidisciplinary one. In the mid 1960s of the 20th century, from the needs for socio-economic, scientific and technological development of large residential areas with potentials for natural conditions, Can Tho Institute was born to fit and meet the aspirations of the people and society. Passing half of a century of construction and development, CTU entered new phase with the baggage of the comprehensive reform the country initiated by the Communist Party of Vietnam. The University was dynamic and actively passed difficulties and challenges, upheld the spirit of self-reliance in developing infrastructure; expanding industry, the scale of training and quality assurance.

At the moment, the University is one of the multidisciplinary universities in Vietnam to have a stable structure with 16 faculties, 3 institutes, 18 centers, and 15 functional departments. Currently, the University has developed 96 training programs with about 56,000 students, including 32,000 full-time students. Besides undergraduate training, the University has developed 38 master and 15 doctoral training programs with nearly 4,000 learners.

Over 50 years of establishment and growth, CTU has trained over 90,000 full-time engineers and bachelors; more than 40,000 part-time ones; up to 6,100 masters and doctors. The University has built quality assurance systems to ensure quality of education and implement self-evaluation of training programs in all of the training units of the University. Not only focusing on improving the quality of higher education and postgraduate training, scientific research and technology transfer have also been paid attention and deepened. CTU also achieved notable successes in the field of international cooperation, confirming the prestige to international friends.

CTU is always trusted and supported by the People, Communist Party, Government and all localities in the Mekong Delta region, and is awarded many noble rewards: the University has been, for many years, recognized Excellence Collective in Labor by the Ministry of Education and Training; was awarded Third class and First class Labor Medal by the State, Third class and Second class Independence Medal; was awarded the title "Hero of Labor" in the reform period;  Friendship Medal and Development Medal were awarded by Lao Government; and many other domestic and international prizes.

On this occasion, on behalf of CTU , Assoc.Prof.Dr. Ha Thanh Toan sent sincere thanks to the timely and effective supports and helps, close guidances  of the Party and the State, the Ministry of Education and Training, the authorities in the region; the enthusiastic help of organizations and individuals, the companionship of the "benefactors", greatly contributing to successfully completing the University’s missions.

Deputy Prime Minister Vu Duc Dam, Member of the Party Central Committee giving a speech at the ceremony

Speaking at the ceremony, Mr. Vu Duc Dam, Member of the Party Central Committee, Deputy Prime Minister expressed the delight of attending the 50th anniversary ceremony of the foundation of CTU - "Center of training and scientific study", simultaneously, sent best wishes to generations of teachers and students. Deputy Prime Minister stressed: "The country is facing the requirements for faster and sustainable development, to escape the average income trap in order not to be left behind many countries being poor like us. To achieve this goal, one of the decisive factors is the quality of human resources, especially those with higher education and graduate qualifications.... With 50 years of development, I hope and believe that CTU will be one of the leading university in education reform to maintain its position as the top university in the country and increase its rank in the region and the world, contributing more and more to the socio-economic development of the Mekong Delta region and the country".

With the excellent achievements in education and training, contributing to the development of socialism and defense of the country, by the President, CTU is honorably awarded First class Labor Medal (the second time).

Deputy Prime Minister Vu Duc Dam presenting First class Labor Medal to CTU. Assoc.Prof.Dr. Ha Thanh Toan, Rector and Assoc.Prof.Dr. Tran Thi Thanh Hien, Secretary of CTU’s Communist Party, Vice Rector receiving the Medal

During the development stages, despite of the ups and downs, with strong faith and earnest attachment with the University, all officers, employees and students of CTU commit to unceasingly strive for the complete and comprehensive development of CTU to let it become high-ranked university in regional and international rankings in the near future, to best serve the needs of the society.

Assoc.Prof.Dr. Ha Thanh Toan and Assoc.Prof.Dr. Tran Thi Thanh Hien presenting honor emblems to the Southwest Steering Committee and 13 provinces and cities in the Mekong Delta


Mr. Vo Thanh Thong, Deputy Secretary of Can Tho City’s Communist Party, Chairman of People’s Committee of Can Tho City expressing congratulations


Mr. Ho Quang Cua, alumni in Agriculture in course 1972-1978, sharing his delight with the the 50th anniversary ceremony 


Mr. Kakioka Naoki, Deputy Head of JICA Office in Vietnam sending his congratulations


Prof. Anne De Paepe, Rector of Ghent University joining the ceremony to celebrate 50 year-old CTU

Assoc.Prof.Dr. Le Viet Dung and Assoc.Prof.Dr. Tran Trung Tinh, Vice Rectors presenting honor emblems and flowers to the sponsors:

Deputy Prime Minister Vu Duc Dam plating tree and taking photos at CTU:

The Southwest Steering Committee, the Command of Military Zone 9, the Ministry of Education and Training, 13 provinces in the Mekong Delta placing the nameboards of souvenir trees planted in front of the Administrative Building:

Deputy Prime Minister Vu Duc Dam and delegates visiting Tradition Room and the achievements of teaching and scientific research of CTU:

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