Vietnam, US Celebrate Partnerships in Digital Workforce Development Program
In his opening speech, Director of National Innovation Center (NIC) Vu Quoc Huy affirmed that Vietnam is considered to be one of the countries with the fastest digital economic development in the ASEAN region.
|government and business representatives joined together to mark the end of the WISE project and highlighted shared accomplishments achieved over the past two years.USAID
In September 2019, the Politburo issued Resolution No. 52-NQ/TW on "Key guidelines and policies to proactively participate in the fourth industrial revolution", The issued Resolution stated a goal that by 2030, said Huy, the digital economy will dominate the fourth industrial revolution and make up about 30% of GDP in Vietnam.
Regarding the outstanding results of the USAID - NIC partnership, Huy shared that through the fund of US $2.2 million, the WISE project's activities set 3 main goals. The first goal is to strengthen basic digital skills. The second goal is to develop the market for digital skills training. The last one is to create innovative financial solutions for education in this field.
|USAID’s WISE project was first announced by US Vice President Kamala Harris during her visit to Vietnam in 2021. Subsequently in 2023, as the two countries upgraded the diplomatic relations to a new height, US President Joseph Biden once again stressed that the US is committed to increasing support for Vietnam in the training and development of a high-tech workforce.
During 3 years, through partnering with and investing in 9 private and non-profit training institutions, the WISE project provided digital skills training for more than 3,000 students and 500 teachers from over 60 universities and colleges.
It also leveraged US $1 million in contributions from private sector partners, which helped provide digital skills training to students in Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh City, rural areas throughout the regions, and in the Mekong Delta.
Through a series of “Women in AI” training programs, the WISE project contributed to promoting the role of women in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM).
To support the Government of Vietnam’s goal of moving from lower-middle-income status to upper-middle-income status by 2030, the project also established partnerships with recruitment agencies such as Vietnamworks, TopCV, and JobHopins to develop a Digital Workforce website. This website provides the local labor market with comprehensive information and data on salaries, skills, career paths, and selected courses in digital skills.
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