President Mattarella has appointed Prof. Ta Hai Tung Cavaliere dell’Ordine della Stella d’Italia (knight of the Stella d’Italia order). Prof. Tung from Hanoi, Vietnam, was a student at the Politecnico di Torino and a researcher in the field of satellite navigation at the LINKS’ Space and Navigation Technologies Area.

Prof. Tung received the highest honor bestowed by Italy on foreign citizens. Tung was awarded by the Italian ambassador in Hanoi, Vietnam, for his bridging activity between the Italian and Vietnamese research worlds. He was director of the NAVIS satellite navigation research center, hosted by the Hanoi University of Science and Technology-HUST and created with European funds managed by the LINKS Foundation in collaboration with the Polytechnic of Turin.

Prof. Tung studied in Turin: he followed the Master in Navigation and Related Applications and he got a PhD degree at the Politecnico di Torino. He continued his research activity by participating in research projects at the Space and Navigation Technologies area of ​​LINKS, always in collaboration with the Politecnico. The collaboration between HUST, Politecnico and LINKS was a win-win for all the institutions involved. Thanks to the NAVIS center, new scientific collaborations were implemented, i.e. with the European Space Agency and with the Joint Research Center of the European Commission.

This prize also rewards LINKS, which for years has been working on building links also outside Italy, in this case in Vietnam and Southeast Asia.

The strong connection between LINKS and southeast Asia will be underlined again on May the 6th, when Space and Navigation Area researchers Gabriella Povero and Matteo Vannucchi will present the results of some research activities as part of the Italy-Vietnam Conference on Science and Technology Cooperation (hybrid conference, online and live in Hanoi).

Credits: Hanoi University of Science and Technology-HUST