Addressing the event, Ambassador Ho Minh Tuan emphasised that Vietnamese people in the Czech Republic are always seen as an exemplary united and strong community who have made great efforts to uphold beautiful traditions of Vietnam.
The traditional fond of learning and passion for knowledge have been maintained and passed down to younger generations by expatriates in the Czech Republic. Many students have achieved proud academic results and been considered bright examples in the local society, he said.
The diplomat added that the students themselves and their generation will be the ones substantially helping to change Czech people’s view of Vietnamese who are not only successfully in doing business but also greatly contribute to the Czech society, their Vietnamese homeland, as well as the two countries’ friendship.
Tuan also highly valued practical activities by the Union of Vietnamese People Associations in Europe and the Vietnamese People Association in the Czech Republic to encourage and support expatriate students.
At the ceremony, the diplomat suggested rewarding students with outstanding achievements in learning Vietnamese so as to promote the teaching and learning of this language in the overseas community. It said that Vietnamese is an important means for them to understand and uphold traditional culture and connections with the homeland.
According to the Czech Statistical Office, there were more than 58,000 Vietnamese in the country as of the end of 2016. In 2013, the European country recognised the Vietnamese community here as one of its ethnic groups.