UBD signed a Collaboration Agreement with FPT University for the setting up of the FPT-UBD Innovation Lab, where training and research are base on an industrial model with hands on experience that is relevant to "Industry 4.0".
Supported by FPT, the largest IT enterprise in Vietnam, the unique innovation lab will be based at the University Technology Hub Building, UBD.
The Collaboration Agreement formalises the setting up of the FPT-UBD Innovation Lab in UBD, offering a 16-week project-based training programme by expert industry mentors for students to learn and apply the latest innovations in IT such as mobile applications, cloud computing, Internet of Things (IoT), big data and cyber security. Students will also have the opportunity to work on real world projects from industry and improve their teamwork skills in software development projects. Training will be tailored for different levels of expertise.
In addition, the FPT-UBD Innovation Lab will support the development of joint research between UBD and FPT University. The Lab will also offer part-time 16-week training programmes, training consultancies for Training of Trainers (TOT) and short-term courses. It aims to be the leading innovation and software development training programme and consultancy in Brunei and the region.
Chair Professor David Koh, Assistant Vice Chancellor (Innovation and Enterprise) in his welcoming remarks pointed out that both UBD and FPT University recognise innovation as a crucial determinant of competitiveness and national progress. "We need to innovate to address global challenges of today, such as climate change, cyber security and how we can attain sustainable development," he said.
Signing on behalf of UBD was Dr Joyce Teo Siew Yean, Assistant Vice-Chancellor (Global Affairs), while representing FPT University was its Vice Chairman, Dr Nam Nguyen Thanh. Present to witness the signing were Haji Azhar Haji Ahmad, Permanent Secretary at the Ministry of Communications and UBD Council Member, and Datin Dr Dayang Hajah Anita Binurul Pehin Orang Kaya Laila Wijaya Dato Seri Setia Haji Awang Abdul Aziz, Vice Chancellor of UBD.
The setting up of the FPT-UBD Innovation Lab is in line with UBD's Vision 2020 to be a University of Innovation and Enterprise. UBD is a world ranked university, this year ranking 37th in the world for universities under 50 years of age and 349th amongst all universities in the world. FPT University, a private university established by FPT Corporation is the biggest info-technology company in Vietnam and has more than 20 branches globally. The university currently has one campus in Hoa Lac Hi-Tech Park, Hanoi and two others campuses in FPT City – Danang and Ho Chi Minh City.
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