The technology industry in Vietnam is experiencing a significant skills crisis—the demand for nearly 80,000 new IT employees each year is not being met, especially for skills in AI.
To address the situation, IBM volunteer Le Nhan Tam led a multi-national team, in collaboration with the School of Information Communication and Technology at Hanoi University of Science and Technology, to develop an intensive ecosystem to train students in AI; the first and only training program in Hanoi that combines academic knowledge and industry expertise.
The course framework has a foundation in IBM AI technology, and Tam recently trained professors in creating detailed AI lesson plans. He has conducted quarterly technical workshops with IBM researchers to showcase AI applications for university students and helped developed materials for high school students.
Also, Tam has recruited five large banks in Vietnam to offer internships for final-year students. It is expected 1,000 university students will be trained on AI in 2020; 100 will obtain the IBM AI badge. Project materials are replicable and have been shared with Thailand and Indonesia to address their regional targets for developing digital skills.
Tam received the IBM Volunteer Excellence Award for his work. Watch the video below.