The pair were presented with the Shining Star Achievement in the Research category during an online awards ceremony held at 7 a.m. on December 9.
The Shining Star Achievement in Research award is given in recognition of influential scholarly contributions in any discipline, typically in the form of scholarly journal articles that are published, or alternatively books, book chapters, or other expressions of scholarly collaboration.
Prof. Tran Xuan Bach was born in 1984 and is currently vice head of the Health Economics Department at Hanoi Medical University.
He possesses extensive experience in relation to research, surveillance, and evaluation of global health threats in the Asia-Pacific region. His work has won him numerous international and domestic awards in the past, including the Hopkins Center for AIDS Research’s International Research Award.
He has also published over 300 papers in a number of highly regarded international journals, including The Lancet, Bulletin of the World Health Organization, and AIDS and Behavior.
Most notably, Prof. Bach is the youngest professor in recent decades to work at Johns Hopkins University in the United States, the world leader in terms of public health. According to details released by the university, he has extensive experience in advising various U.N. agencies, international organisations, and governments on issues such as global health and development in Southeast Asia.
Meanwhile, born in 1975 Prof. Tran Thi Ly was previously employed as a lecturer at Hue University, although she is currently working at the Faculty of Arts and Education at Deakin University in Australia.
First arriving in Australia in 2001, Prof. Ly has gone on to produce extensive research on the international education sector, including writing the first English-language book on Vietnamese higher education. She has won more than 30 awards, prizes, scholarships, and grants for research, including the prestigious Australian Research Council (ARC) Future Fellowship for her work on the Australian Government’s New Colombo Plan.
Elsewhere at the event, British national Professor Elspeth Jones was honoured with the North Star Medal for Lifetime Achievement. In addition, Professor Raphael Pangalangan of the Philippines and Yao-Tai Li of Hong Kong were named as the winners in the Rising Star Emerging Scholar Certificate category.