Microsoft will invest US$3 million in Vietnam over the next three years as part of the company’s global YouthSpark commitment to empower young people with opportunities for education, employment and entrepreneurship.
“YouthSpark will be invaluable in helping Vietnamese youth learn more about technology and be equipped with the right skills to firmly set them on a future career path.”
-Dang Huy Dong, Vietnam Deputy Minister for Planning and Investment
The YouthSpark program in Vietnam will focus on three areas: development of employees, broadening investment to youth across the country and supporting young leaders. Vietnam is currently home to Microsoft’s Mobile Devices manufacturing business, which houses more than 10,000 employees in the Bac Ninh province. Part of the US$3 million investment will be used to provide on-site IT training for factory employees, helping them develop new skills and discover new opportunities.
Plans are also underway to deliver a range of technology courses and resources to thousands of youth over the next three years in an effort to help them become future innovators in the transformation of Vietnam. These will include digital literacy skills, coding and computer science classes, as well as internships and scholarships. The YouthSpark Hub, an online portal containing rich resources and information on free programs and activities, will be fully localized in the Vietnamese language and can be viewed at www.youthsparkhubVietnam.vn.
In rolling out its YouthSpark investments, Microsoft will be partnering with local Non-Governmental Organizations: the Vietnam Chamber of Commerce and Industry, VietNet Information Technology and Communication Center (VietNet-ICT) and the Kenan Institute Asia.
“As the Vietnamese government moves towards realizing its vision of becoming a strong IT-led country in 2020, rapid industrialization and modernization will bring about infrastructure, education and skills challenges. We thank Microsoft for joining and supporting our efforts to strengthen and develop a solid IT infrastructure and for bringing the YouthSpark program to Vietnam,” said Dang Huy Dong, Vietnam Deputy Minister for Planning and Investment. “YouthSpark will be invaluable in helping Vietnamese youth learn more about technology and be equipped with the right skills to firmly set them on a future career path.”
In line with its global YouthSpark initiative, Microsoft will be inviting Ms Như Quỳnh Nguyễn to join its Global YouthSpark Advisory Council as a representative for youth across the Asia Pacific region. The advisory council consists of young high achievers from across the world and Quynh will share her perspective to help Microsoft create programs, partnerships and resources that continue to meet the needs of youth globally.
Microsoft is committed to Vietnam’s future – helping to develop its economy, to drive innovation and empower its people to achieve more for themselves, their families and their country.
Read more about Microsoft’s YouthSpark investment in Vietnam.