Navis Centre's Opening Ceremony
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Within the framework of SEAGAL programme on Global Navigation Satellite System (GALILEO) initiated and sponsored by European Union on 01 October 2010, Hanoi University of Science and Technology (HUST) held the Opening Ceremony of Collaboration center for research and development on satellite navigation technology (NAVIS). This is the first center in the South East Asia and the third one worldwide in this field. Participants at the ceremony were Mr. Sean Doyle – Head of EU Delegation, Mr. Andrea Perugini – Italian Ambassador to Vietnam, professors, scientists from leading universities like Torino (Italia), Catalunya (Spain), France-Comté (France), Research Institute ISMB (Italia), Asian Institute of Technology (AIT) and Mr. Chu Ngoc Anh - Deputy Minister of Science & Technology. On the HUST side, honour guests are Vice President Prof. Ha Duyen Tu, Dean of Faculty of Electronics and Telecommunications, Director of School of Information and Communication Technology and students from these two institutes. Vice President Ha Duyen Tu warmly welcomed distinguished guests to the opening ceremony and acknowledged the continuous efforts of scientists within the project funded by European Union. As the ceremony happened at the time many activities were held to welcome the 1000th anniversary of Thang Long – Ha Noi, it’s expected to have a bright future.

In his speech of blessing, European Union Ambassador said: “The GALILEO system initiated by EU and European Space Agency promises to provide global satellite navigation services with high accuracy level. The inauguration of center affirms the European’s commitment to deploying the satellite navigation system worldwide. In addition, this event also encourages the training and brings much benefit to Vietnam”. Mr. Andera Perugini – Italian Ambassador also awarded the Vietnamese students who won the Student Competition organized within the SEAGAL Project.

Deputy Minister of Science & Technology, Mr. Chu Ngoc Anh congratulated teachers and students of HUST about the advanced satellite navigation technology which was the joint product of the work among universities of EU and Vietnam. Ministry of Science and Technology will facilitate scientists to take part in cooperation projects with European. Officers from Ministry highly appreciate scientists of HUST and believe NAVIS will develop quickly as well as play an important role in researching and applying this advanced technology. It is reported that SEAGAL funded 100,000 EUR to establish NAVIS. This center will be responsible for training, researching science, transferring technology in the field of satellite navigation. From 28 to 30 September 2010, the Conference on introducing the Satellite Navigation Technology was opened with the participation of lots of scientists from Vietnam and European Union.

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