The signing, witnessed by the Swedish and Australian Ambassadors to Vietnam, is expected to contribute to further advancing the startup and innovation ecosystem across the nation, whilst also nurturing and developing a high-tech workforce.
|The signing ceremony between Ericsson and RMIT University on August 18
Denis Brunetti, president of Ericsson Vietnam, Myanmar, Cambodia, and Laos stated, “This AI Lab builds on the previously launched 5G education collaboration with RMIT in Vietnam and represents a significant step in building a high-tech, industry-ready workforce through strategic industry-academia partnerships. It will further advance the startup and innovation ecosystem across the nation.”
“The 5G-ready young talent and AI applications that this collaboration expects to produce will serve to accelerate Vietnam’s Industry 4.0 agenda, as well as its ambition to become an AI hub in ASEAN by 2030. Indeed, it will drive and create the next wave of sustained and inclusive socioeconomic development in Vietnam, enabled by science, technology, and innovation,” he added.
Professor Claire Macken, pro vice-chancellor and general director of RMIT Vietnam said, “As part of our strategic focus, RMIT aims to contribute to an overall uplift in the technological capabilities of Vietnam, positioning it strongly in terms of the future of the digital transformation.”
“Our links with industry, such as this growing partnership with Ericsson, ensure graduates have the practical skills necessary to succeed in fast-evolving business environments, filling emerging skills gaps and assisting Vietnam’s transition to a value-added economy,” he noted.
The joint AI Lab initiative is an extension of the existing 5G education collaboration between RMIT and Ericsson that helps educate Vietnamese students on 5G and emerging technologies, such as AI, machine learning, blockchain, cloud computing, AR, VR, and automation. It enables RMIT science, technology, and engineering students to participate in and contribute to the country’s digital economy on the Industry 4.0 journey.
The AI Lab partnership also serves as an industrial research initiative, focusing on the application of AI in Industry 4.0 initiatives that was enabled by the rollout of 5G in Vietnam.
Through this initiative, Ericsson and RMIT will support industry, academia, and community partners to create and implement AI solutions that will spearhead the adoption of Industry 4.0 across a multitude of sectors, including energy, manufacturing, agriculture, transport, and logistics.
With the rapid technological advancements that drive increased efficiency and productivity across traditionally labour-intensive industries, coupled with the shift of social focus to environmentally sustainable development, the need for digitally enabled skills and capabilities in the workforce has become an escalating priority for nations across the globe.
In Vietnam, the government has targeted clear objectives to accelerate the adoption of Industry 4.0 as part of its National Strategy for Digital Transformation.
In late 2021, Ericsson and RMIT announced an initiative on 5G in Vietnam that helps educate its students on this and other emerging technologies.
Ericsson is a global leader in 5G and is currently running 147 live 5G networks in 63 countries across the globe.
Founded in 1887, RMIT is a multi-sector university of technology, design, and enterprise with more than 95,000 students and close to 10,000 staff.
As the largest offshore campus in Asia, RMIT Vietnam has locations in Ho Chi Minh City, Hanoi, and Danang. It provides students with a high-quality education and prepares them for life and work in a global economy.
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