Japan thirsty for high-quality IT human resource

According to the Japanese Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications quoted in Japan ICT Day 2018 in Hanoi, Japan is currently facing a shortage of about 171,000 engineers, and is likely to lack a total 369,000 engineers – including 48,000 in the technology sector – by 2020.

The Japan ICT Day 2018 was opened in Hanoi on August 29, themed “Vietnam-Japan IT Cooperation in the Fourth Industrial Revolution.”

The event is hosted by the Vietnam Software and IT Services Association (VINASA) and the Vietnam-Japan IT Cooperation Club as part of activities to celebrate the 45th anniversary of the two countries’ diplomatic ties.

During his welcome speech, Deputy Minister of Information and Communications Nguyen Minh Hong said that Vietnam-Japan cooperation in IT has been strengthened by state agencies and businesses, who act as a bridge between the IT associations of the two countries.

Vietnam’s Ministry of Information and Communications and the Japanese Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications have signed a number of agreements for comprehensive collaboration in radio frequency control, information security, ICT workforce training, and more, he noted.

Deputy Minister of Information and Communications Nguyen Minh Hong delivers a speech at the event. Photo: vietnamnet.vn

The two sides have accelerated the implementation of an action plan for the development of digital industries within the framework of bilateral partnership towards 2020, with a vision to 2030.

According to the Japanese Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications, Japan is currently facing a shortage of about 171,000 engineers, and is likely to lack a total 369,000 engineers – including 48,000 in the technology sector – by 2020.

The increasing demand for IT workers will open a huge opportunity for Vietnamese and Japanese enterprises to collaborate in times ahead, especially given that Vietnam has a large pool of ICT workers. Vietnam has around 290 colleges and universities offering IT courses with approximately 55,000 graduates each year.

FPT University students majoring in Software Engineering have opportunity to study AI from 2018.

Especially, FPT University – the first university in Vietnam established by an enterprise – has reached the next level to become FPT Education Group in 2016 with new strategy and vision to become network Education Group which targeted 150.000 students by 2025. The curricula with practical-oriented design have helped narrow the gap between education and industry demand. FPT students are provided the best conditions for professional development including languages, personal development, social awareness, soft skills and on the job training (OJT) to meet the requirements to be qualified experts in a global working environment. FPT University is now starting to reap the fruits of its labor with 100% graduates have jobs or are pursuing master degrees.

In 2012, FPT University, a member of FPT Education, became the first university in Vietnam to be awarded a 3-star ranking by the QS World University Ranking System – one among three of the most well-known university ranking systems in the world. To pursue that the University was ranked 3.5 by the end 2015 with 5 stars in 4 main sectors: Teaching, Employability, Facilities and Social Responsibility. FPT University pursues 4 stars by 2018. In 2012 also experienced the official implementation of the GO GLOBAL strategy. Accordingly, the university strongly promotes international cooperation, international admission and recruitment as well as opening overseas presents. 

The top trends of Industry 4.0 – such as the Internet of Things, artificial intelligence (AI), and big data – together with Vietnam’s substantial IT workforce will pave the way for expanded IT cooperation between the two countries, said Nguyen Doan Hung, Vice Chairman of VINASA.

Held in Hanoi and Da Nang from August 27-31, the Japan ICT Day 2018 event has attracted 350 domestic and foreign delegates, including eight delegates from Japan. It features workshops, talk shows, and business-matching events to promote links between Vietnamese and Japanese IT firms, as well as the Hackathon Vietnam 2018 competition under the theme “Smart City”.

During the event, updated reports on the development of IT cooperation between Vietnam and Japan will be released.

Participants will be also provided with an overview of Japan’s IT industry. Leading IT firms of both sides will share information related to smart city projects in Hanoi and discuss the reality of Vietnam-Japan IT cooperation in new technology projects, including measures to improve the quality of future collaboration.

Japan ICT Day was first organized in 2007 and has been the best platform for Vietnam and Japanese companies seeking business co-operation opportunities over the past 10 years.