A major university in Ho Chi Minh City will offer a tuition-free academic program on robotics and artificial intelligence (AI) this year, making itself the first higher education institution in Vietnam to make this decision.
The Ho Chi Minh City University of Technology and Education plans to waive all tuition fees only for the 20 students following the program, according to Nguyen Truong Thinh, dean of the school’s mechanical engineering faculty.
Eligible candidates must score 24 and above in the entrance test, and those who come from selective high schools or have won awards at science and technology competitions will receive priority, Thinh revealed.
The undergraduates are expected to learn relatively new subjects in Vietnam such as industrial robot systems, self-driving vehicles, big data, biomedical robots, virtual reality and human-robot interaction.
The students will spend the entire final year of the four-year program on placement in companies and doing graduation theses, the dean said.
He emphasized that a number of enterprises told the university to send the robotics and AI graduates to them, well prior to the program’s launch around July this year.
The university has readied itself for the training by contracting highly qualified lecturers and building research laboratories for the purpose, president Do Van Dung said.