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November 10, 1980
To Whom It May Concern:
I am proud to recommend my one-time beloved student and currently the youngest researcher of the Institute for International Relations (IIR), Do Thanh Hai, for your scholarship program. Six years of acquaintance help me somewhat grasp his aptitude and personality.
As his professor, I had an opportunity to observe Hai’s participation and interaction in class and to evaluate his knowledge of the subject matter. At that time, he was primarily well-known for his intellectual curiosity and talent. He always tried to seek truth in each and every area of life, whether in learning, discussing philosophy, or relating to his fellow students or his teacher. His very excellent quantitative and analytical ability helped him find out intelligent and rational answers to even the most challenging questions raised in the class. Further, Hai was very helpful in creating an exhilarating learning atmosphere in the class by keenly giving ideas, discussing and asking motivating questions. He was a kind of open-minded individual who was always willing to share with his classmates his own opinion and ideas and enthusiastically contribute to discussions.
Now, he is a colleague of mine at the IIR. Always, in his work, Hai is consistent, dedicated and passionate, enthusiastic, cheerful and a pleasure to work with. He is an active member of the IIR Junior Researchers Club, which serves as a forum for young researchers and faculty members of the IIR to share knowledge, research and teaching skills and methods. Although being a researcher, he actively gets involved in teaching. He has also shared the burden of teaching activities with us. At present, due to lack of a Master’s degree, he has only worked as a very helpful assistant to other veteran lecturers in teaching American and European studies for full-time students. Therefore, I strongly encourage Hai to further his education so that he will be able to contribute more to the research and teaching of the IIR. I am willing to do everything within my range to help him and, I am sure, you will do it too.
I am deeply impressed by Hai and recommend him unhesitatingly. If you have any questions or wish to know further about Hai, please feel free to contact me at ….
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