Peter Horby, Director of the Hanoi Unit of the Wellcome Trust Major Overseas Programme – Oxford University Clinical Research Unit, was awarded the title of Honorary Professor at a ceremony held at Hanoi Medical University on 22nd October 2010. Peter has been Director of the Hanoi Unit since its inception in 2006 and the title was conferred in recognition of the Unit’s contribution to research and training at Hanoi Medical University.
The Vice Dean of Hanoi Medical University, Professor Nguyen Huu Tu, led the ceremony, which was attended by staff of OUCRU and the UK Ambassador to Vietnam, Mark Kent. Speaking at the occasion His Excellency Mark Kent said " I am very proud to attend this ceremony to honour the great contribution of Peter Horby to Vietnam. His work sets a model of partnership for others to follow, not just in the healthcare field but beyond. This award is also a tribute to the role of UK science in supporting the development of research capacity in Vietnam and in harnessing the best science to improve health. It demonstrates the relevance and value of the work of the Wellcome Trust - Oxford University group to their academic partners in Vietnam and to the people of Vietnam."
The appointment symbolizes a new era of collaboration between two great Institutions: Hanoi Medical University is the oldest University in Vietnam and its first Dean was the famous physician and bacteriologist Alexandre Yersin. The University of Oxford is the oldest university in the United Kingdom, and has a great tradition of medical research.
Peter Horby said of the award, “It is a great honor to receive this award. It is an important recognition of the hard work and dedication of all my colleagues in the Oxford University Clinical Research Unit, Hanoi Medical University and other institutions, that have worked so hard to understand and improve the health of the people of Vietnam. It has been a team effort and the whole team must be congratulated.”