Vietnamese university pushes several tech initiatives

From piloting digital admission testing to opening an AI centre with South Korea.

Hanoi University of Science and Technology (HUST) has signed onto a pilot of the computer-based admission test using Khaothi.Online platform, to work towards advancing evaluation and testing systems for high-quality training and effective education services.

Working FPT Information System (FPT IS), HUST will be able to launch a computer-based admission tests for students who would like to apply to study at HUST in the fourth quarter of 2021.

From January 2022 onwards, the testing system will be officially implemented and expected to be used widely as an independent local testing approach.

As one of the pioneering universities in offering creative admission methods, HUST desires to innovate testing approaches by using a computer-based form in order to increase the chances for domestic and international students to access the tests.

FPT IS has worked closely with HUST to develop the platform while HUST professors contribute to create test questions. Following ISO 17024:2012 standards, Khaothi.Online comprehensively supports the digital transformation of testing, evaluation, and certification of personal competence. Addressing at the ceremony, Assoc Prof. Nguyen Phong Dien greatly emphasized the value of the platform and believed that it would significantly support many key stakeholders such as teachers, education administrators, and especially the Ministry of Education and Training. He highly believed that the platform would increase the productivity and efficiency of testing while providing essential data for decision-making.

The announcement follows HUSTS’ opening of a mixed international research centre which is jointly invested in and run by HUST and Naver Group from the Republic of Korea.

The AI Centre will serve as the place to connect domestic and international AI operators to deploy basic research and to create “make in Vietnam” core technologies.

The centre will also focus on promoting AI applications in various industries and areas to accelerate digital transformation and boost the 4.0 industrial revolution in Vietnam. The digital environment will create an opportunity for the country to develop which requires the establishment of excellent scientific centre to master important technologies.

The centre has about 50 scientists from HUST and other experts from universities, institutes and technology groups in the areas related to AI and AI application.

Vietnam sets a goal of being listed in Top 4 in ASEAN and Top 50 of the world in terms of artificial intelligence (AI) research, development, and application by 2030. The target was set in a National Strategy on AI Research, Development and Application by 2030 recently approved by Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc.

The strategy aims at stepping up AI research, development and application to make it an important technological industry of Vietnam. The country aims to build 10 AI brands of high prestige in the region, develop three national centres on big data and high performance computing, and connect big data and high performance computing centres nationwide into a network and form 50 open datasets in all socio-economic fields to better serve AI research, development and application.

Established in 1956, the HUST was the first university of Vietnam in engineering and has maintained its lead in the engineering and information technology sectors through the years.

It currently has about 34,000 under-graduate and post-graduate students and PhD candidates. In addition, the university has partnered with more than 200 universities and research institutions of 32 countries and territories.




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