Japan will provide VND1.8 billion (US$78,700) in non-refundable aid to build smart classrooms at the Ho Chi Minh City University of Information Technology, under the Vietnam National University-Ho Chi Minh City, according to an agreement signed on Thursday.
The VND1.8-billion funding is part of the Japanese government’s Grant Assistance for Cultural Grassroots Project (GCGP).
It will be used for the construction of smart classrooms, each of which can accommodate 30 students and is installed with interactive audio-visual equipment and an intelligent control system, at the Ho Chi Minh City University of Information Technology, under the Vietnam National University-Ho Chi Minh City.
The rooms will be fitted with a specialized software system for foreign language students.
Watanabe Nobuhiro, Consul General of Japan in Ho Chi Minh City, expects the smart classrooms will support Japanese language teaching and extra-curricular activities related to Japanese at the university.
The diplomat also hopes Vietnam and Japan will have more cooperation activities to mark the 50th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between the two countries in 2023.
In recent years, the Consulate General of Japan in Ho Chi Minh City has implemented many financial assistance programs backed by the Japanese government for educational activities in Vietnam.
In 2021, Japan granted the Asia Rainbow non-profit organization more than VND2.78 billion ($121,500) to develop an education and training system in elementary schools for children with disabilities in Tra Vinh and Kien Giang Provinces, located in Vietnam’s Mekong Delta region.