Prof. Dr. Mai Trọng Nhuận is the former President of Vietnam National University, Hanoi. He became professor of earth sciences in 1996 and awarded the title of Teacher of Merit in 2008. He has undertaken many leadership and management positions at member universities of VNU since 1996 and served as President of VNU from October 2007 and Secretary of Vietnam Communist Party at VNU from September 2011.
Prof. Mai Trọng Nhuận is an expert in higher education administration as well as a leading and highly reputable scientist in earth sciences, environment, climate change, and sustainable development. Prof. Dr. Mai Trọng Nhuận has been leading a variety of scientific research projects with important applications in such fields. He co-authored the IPCC Third Assessment Report: Climate Change 2001 and was the editor of the Special Report on Managing the Risks of Extreme Events and Disasters to Advance Climate Change Adaptation (SREX) of the Intergovernmental Committee on Climate Change (IPCC, 2012). In addition to publishing more than 120 scientific papers and proceedings, Prof.Dr. Mai Trọng Nhuận has been directly involved in the development of a number of pioneering training and research programs, which have paved the way for important scientific areas such as climate change, sustainability science, field supervision, non-traditional security management, and so forth. Currently, Prof. Mai Trọng Nhuận is a member of the National Steering Committee for International Integration of Education, Science and Technology; member of the National Council for Education and Workforce Development; Chairman of the State Council for Professor Title in earth sciences and mining; and member of the State Council for Professor Title.
With his dedication and contributions to the fields of education and scientific research at VNU and throughout Vietnam, Prof. Dr. Mai Trọng Nhuận was awarded: Certificate of Merit of Minister of Education and Training (1998); Certificate of Merit of the Prime Minister (2002); Third Class Labor Medal (2005); Palm Academy Award of the French Government (2007); and Certificate of Merit of the Vietnam General Confederation of Labor (2009, 2012). He also received the Title of Emulation Soldier at all levels and many other noble titles in consecutive years.