CMC University, which claims to be the first digital university in Vietnam, held its inaugural school year opening ceremony in Hanoi on Thursday.
Speaking at the ceremony, Dr. Nguyen Kim Cuong, head of the digital university department at CMC University, said that CMC does not follow a virtual university model, but instead applies new technology to create new training disciplines with actionable programs.
Students at CMC can study and research 70 percent person-to-person and 30 percent in the virtual environment.
This ratio may change in accordance with CMC’s road map for a digital university model.
The university said on its website that its number-one goal is to become a technology university with strengths in computer science, information system, electronics-telecommunications, and other fields associated with the country’s digital science and technology development requirements.
Its student body is expected to hit 20,000-30,000 students by 2039.
CMC Corporation, one of the leading information and communications technology firms in Vietnam, invested more than VND1 trillion (US$40.32 million) into the university during its first phase, according to the website.
The university’s 2,000-square-meter headquarters are located in Cau Giay District, Hanoi while its two 3,000-square-meter and five-hectare campuses are situated in Ha Dong District and Nam Tu Liem District, respectively.
For the 2022-23 academic year, CMC University admitted 400 students to study five majors.
The language of training and entrance examinations for the university is English.
In his remarks made at Thursday’s ceremony, Deputy Minister of Information and Communications Phan Tam said that the digital university model is the solution to the problem of digital human resources that Vietnam is in dire need of.
“CMC University will train the country’s digital bachelors, digital engineers, and digital leaders,” Tam said.