Microsoft Vietnam launched on 19 September the Youth Training and Innovation Centre located at the Hanoi University of Science and Technology (HUST). The centre aims to support youth in poor and rural areas who are lacking access to information and communication technology (ICT) facilities and kills training.

The launch of the Youth Training and Innovation Centre at the Hanoi University of Science and Technology (HUST) in September is aimed at support disadvantaged youth in poor and rural areas

Through the centre, Microsoft Vietnam and its partners aim to help facilitate ICT training for disadvantaged students, raise awareness of the role of ICT in education, as well as to build capacity and broaden employment opportunities among youth. Sponsored by Microsoft and Sony, the project implemented by the School of Information and Communication Technology at HUST includes up to 36 training courses — it is expected that around 400 students will be trained at the centre by February 2014. 

The new centre will be equipped with 26 high-quality computers and Microsoft’s latest software. Key activities of the project include providing both basic and advanced ICT training sessions, as well as business management skills training. 

Vu Minh Tri, Country Manager, Microsoft Vietnam, said, “Our goal is to help people realise their full potential through technology and we truly hope to support Vietnamese youth, especially persons who have difficult circumstances, in developing relevant skills to start up their careers. The centre is also expected to create an environment that nurtures and promotes their innovative ideas for success in the future.”

HUST Principal Nguyen Trong Giang added, “To fulfil our mission of fostering research and innovation in science and technology, HUST is very proud to have been chosen to implement this project. We are hopeful that this project will promote innovation, build suitable training models for youth and expand the concept and impact of this project to other training institutions.” 

Microsoft will work closely with its partners to help the trained youth secure employment or start up their own businesses within six months after graduation. The project is also aligned with the Vietnamese government’s plans to harness the power of technology to create job opportunities, enhance educational standards and foster a culture of innovation.

“Microsoft’s goal is to help people realise their full potential through technology and we truly hope to support Vietnamese youth in developing relevant skills to start up their careers.”

- Vu Minh Tri, Country Manager, Microsoft Vietnam