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​‘Perfect student’ graduates with record GPA from Vietnamese university

Tuesday, December 19, 2017, 16:30 GMT+7
​‘Perfect student’ graduates with record GPA from Vietnamese university
Le Huynh Minh Triet (C) and his teammates are crowned champions of a spelling bee contest held at the Ho Chi Minh City International University. Courtesy of Triet

A student from the Ho Chi Minh City International University (IU) has graduated with an accumulative GPA of 95.6 out of 100, the highest any student has ever achieved at the institution.

Le Huynh Minh Triet, 22, earned his bachelor’s degree in information technology with a perfect thesis score of 100/100, a result that came as no surprise to many, based on his extraordinary academic achievements throughout his college years.

IU, a member university of the Vietnam National University-Ho Chi Minh City, is the first public university in Vietnam that uses English as the primary language of instruction.

A passion for research

With six research papers published in international scientific journals already, it is surprising to learn that Triet’s first research experience was only in January 2016 during his junior year.

Triet was credited as the lead author in all six papers, two of which were published in journals listed by the International Scientific Indexing (ISI).

“Five of the papers I wrote during my time working as an assistant to the research team headed by Dr. Huynh Kim Lam,” Triet said.

“As for my paper on ‘Online collaborative video annotation framework using GoodRelations ontology for E-commerce’, it was based on the results of institution-level research which I led under the instruction of Dr. Duong Trong Hai.”

According to his professors, Triet was among IU’s first students to pioneer interdisciplinary research that paired computer science with computational chemistry, using an approach based on data science.

His undergraduate thesis on ‘Developing a data mining model to determine the internal molecular rotation parameters for complex chemical systems’ earned Triet a perfect score of 100/100.

Triet won the best poster presentation award at the 21st International Annual Symposium on Computational Science and Engineering (ANSCSE 21), held in Thailand in August 2017, while a paper written based on its results was published in an ISI-indexed journal.

Most of Triet’s scientific papers focus on developing calculation software systems that are both visual and highly efficient with the help of high-performance computers, as well as using machine learning to simulate and predict the thermodynamic and dynamic parameters of complex chemical compounds and reactions.

A ‘perfect student’

Asked for comment on his favorite student, Assoc. Prof. Dr. Huynh Kim Lam said Triet was “the best among the best” students that he had ever had the pleasure of teaching at IU.

“Triet possesses great potential for success in any field of work, especially in the academics, as he is an open thinker who is proactive, progressive, responsible and capable of learning fast and working especially hard,” Dr. Lam said.

“Apart from all those qualities, Triet is also able to work independently – a quality rarely seen in other students of his generation,” the professor added.

“Triet is also an active participant in extracurricular activities, making him a perfect student by my standards.”

Triet has now been offered two scholarships to study for a master’s in Australia, but has said he was aiming for a scholarship study in a European country to further deepen his research career in data science.

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