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AI Human Resource Development Needs More Comprehensive Solutions | Scientific technology

Students visit UNV-HCMC’s AI Education and Training Center

Vietnam needed about 1 million computer engineers in 2020, as cited in the project “Transforming Vietnam into an ICT giant”, approved by the Prime Minister in 2010. Unfortunately, the whole country does not count more than 177,000 undergraduate students in the fields of computer science, electronics, telecommunications learning in more than 400 universities and colleges. There will only be about 600,000 computer workers, not to mention the employees specialized in artificial intelligence.

Dean of the Computer Science Department of the University of Science (Vietnam National University – HCMC) Dinh Ba Tien said that the training of human resources in AI for the digital economy should ensure both quantity and quality, which means providing in-depth knowledge to graduates to become AI solution developers in the future, not just AI solution users.

So far, this university has invested more than 80 billion VND ($3.48 million) in specialized AI labs so that their graduates become real researchers, developers and startups of intelligent systems related to AI . In the long term, the university hopes to professionally improve the teaching staff, including hiring new AI graduates from abroad to participate in in-depth AI research and conducting academic exchanges with famous international AI research centers. the AI.

UNV-HCMC recently requested the Minister of Education and Training to allow it to cooperate with other key universities in adopting the project “Digital Human Resource Training for Digital Transformation, Digital Economy and digital society”, aiming to double the number of high-quality computer engineers to 10,000 in the next 5 years.

Assoc. Prof. Vu Hai Quan, Director of VNU-HCMC, proposed the strategy “Expand the training capacity of scientific and technological human resources to address AI through additional and long-term investments in education”. This strategy has three main components aimed at establishing a three-partner relationship between educational institutions – government – ​​employers; upgrade AI literacy for current scientific human resources through shared learning resources and clubs; develop AI programs from the primary level to the territorial level.

The role of the government in this strategy is to introduce a legal corridor and corresponding policies as well as to provide the state budget. Educational institutions are tasked with improving existing training programs by integrating e-learning, hiring skilled teachers, building more classrooms and workshops to expand the scale of training. Companies are responsible for supporting universities in building infrastructure for research activities, scholarships and practical participation in projects.

Thaco Chairman of the Board, Tran Ba ​​Duong, shared that as a company, he is very aware of Industry 4.0 influences. We can only win the race with a solid base. Being a key factor, AI human resources trained by universities must be able to integrate their digital skills, professional knowledge and administrative expertise. Therefore, educational institutions need to modify their training programs so that their graduates can perform digital transformation tasks.

Chairman of My Lan JSC. Board Nguyen Thanh My added that tech companies still want to work with universities to address the shortage of human resources and the limitations of basic research tools. This partnership should make it possible to create more innovative products and technologies, as well as to easily commercialize the results of the research. Thus, relevant state agencies and ministries should remove all barriers caused by outdated policies and address issues related to intellectual property, rights to use the results of joint projects between a company and a university.

Many technology companies have said that at present, there is a need to hire foreign AI experts for the digital transformation process. However, to master advanced technologies in the long term, national training centers should cooperate with each other to be more proactive in human resources.

Assoc. Professor Vu Hai Quan informed that the digital economy is responsible for contributing 25% and 40% to HCMC’s GRDP in 2025 and 2030, respectively. UNV-HCMC, in turn, is requested to train human resources in ICT and AI who can meet international standards in order to achieve the above objectives. Currently, the university’s computer science and AI major group has 2,000 students, along with another 2,000 in computer-related disciplines like math, telecommunications, and automation. . It plans to increase enrollment in these majors over the next 5 years.

He further stated that AI is the core technology for establishing innovative and smart urban areas as well as sustainable digital economic growth as cited in the program “Research and Development of AI Applications at HCMC 2020 to 2030, with a vision up to 2030″. This means that the AI ​​industry and the IT industry in general will become the main element for the growth of HCMC’s GRDP, and the city will become the national and regional center for AI research and technology transfer.

By Tan Ba, Thanh Hung – Translated by Thanh Tam