Improving IT Education In Vietnam

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State of IT education in Vietnam.
Alternatives to traditional education.
MultiUni intro: user-generated university

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  • 1. Improving IT Education in VN Discussion & some Suggestions Huy Zing @ MultiUni Huy Le @ RMIT Vietnam June 9, 2009 Huy Zing / BarCamp Hanoi 2009
  • 2. What’s the state of IT skills in VN?
    • Vietnam will lack 1,900 IT experts by end of 2009
    • Almost half of IT graduates require additional training
    • Little educational and community support for innovative technologies
    June 9, 2009 Huy Zing / BarCamp Hanoi 2009
  • 3. How are we learning?
    • Universities
    • Training centers
    • Self-study
    • On the job (lucky you)
    June 9, 2009 Huy Zing / BarCamp Hanoi 2009
  • 4. What cool techs are not being taught?
    • Please give me some examples
    June 9, 2009 Huy Zing / BarCamp Hanoi 2009
  • 5. Examples of cool techs not being taught
    • Rails
    • Facebook Application Platform
    • OpenSocial
    • iPhone SDK
    • Android
    June 9, 2009 Huy Zing / BarCamp Hanoi 2009
  • 6. Shouldn’t universities be teaching these?
    • Some might say “self-study”…
    • But Stanford University is teaching them
    June 9, 2009 Huy Zing / BarCamp Hanoi 2009
  • 7. Why not? Curriculum
    • Example: RMIT Vietnam curriculum comes from RMIT Australia
    • Example: FPT Aptech curriculum comes from Aptech in India
    • The country’s IT future is decided elsewhere.
    June 9, 2009 Huy Zing / BarCamp Hanoi 2009
  • 8. Why not? Marketable skills
    • Less immediate market demand
    • Mainstream skills limit innovation
      • Heavy focus on outsourcing in VN
    • Mainstream skills neglect growing job and consulting opportunities
    June 9, 2009 Huy Zing / BarCamp Hanoi 2009
  • 9. Alternatives for IT Education?
    • Please share your ideas
    June 9, 2009 Huy Zing / BarCamp Hanoi 2009
  • 10. Alternative: corporate training
    • Example: RMIT Vietnam wants to do corporate training in IT
    • Benefit: on-demand
    • Limitation: short 1-2 seminars
    • What courses do companies want centers?
    June 9, 2009 Huy Zing / BarCamp Hanoi 2009
  • 11. Alternative: MultiUni
    • “ Turn the community into a university”
    • Wikipedia => user-generated encyclopedia BarCamp => user-generated conference MultiUni => user-generated university
    • Community teaches latest technologies/skills in classroom environment
    • Cost: free or close to free
    June 9, 2009 Huy Zing / BarCamp Hanoi 2009
  • 12. MultiUni - what to teach
    • Newest technologies and skills not taught elsewhere
    • Free course material from top universities: Stanford, Berkeley, MIT, Oxford, Harvard
    • First course: iPhone application development
    June 9, 2009 Huy Zing / BarCamp Hanoi 2009
  • 13. MultiUni – who teaches
    • Initially, experts and teachers
    • Then, any graduate of the program can teach and pass on the knowledge
    June 9, 2009 Huy Zing / BarCamp Hanoi 2009
  • 14. MultiUni – who learns
    • The more the better
    • But to accommodate limited space/resources, need admissions criteria & process
    June 9, 2009 Huy Zing / BarCamp Hanoi 2009
  • 15. MultiUni – how to teach
    • Same format and length as university
    • Around 10 weeks, twice a week
      • After work hours
    • Assignments and projects, graded
    • High-tech classroom environment: Wi-Fi, projector, whiteboard
    June 9, 2009 Huy Zing / BarCamp Hanoi 2009
  • 16. MultiUni – what resources are needed
    • Donations
      • Time
      • Place
      • Equipment
      • Marketing
    • Already in place for first course
    June 9, 2009 Huy Zing / BarCamp Hanoi 2009
  • 17. MultiUni – how to scale
    • Set up for viral growth, like Facebook
    • Select students for
      • Skill
      • Capacity/interest to teach
    • Raise monetary or material donations
    June 9, 2009 Huy Zing / BarCamp Hanoi 2009
  • 18. MultiUni – potential partnerships
    • FPT Aptech – market to their students
    • IDG Ventures Vietnam – review demos of projects
    • Any other ideas?
    June 9, 2009 Huy Zing / BarCamp Hanoi 2009
  • 19. More Information http://multiuni.org/ http://ocw.mit.edu/ http://see.stanford.edu/ http://academicearth.org/ http://www.apple.com/education/mobile-learning/ June 9, 2009 Huy Zing / BarCamp Hanoi 2009