Vietnamese business quadruples since Covid for US online learning platform

By Doan Hung   June 16, 2024 | 10:24 pm PT
Vietnamese business quadruples since Covid for US online learning platform
Students study at the library of National Economics University in Hanoi, February 2022. Photo by VnExpress/Giang Huy
The number of people in Vietnam taking its courses has quadrupled since 2020 to over 1.4 million, Coursera, one of the world's largest online learning platforms said.

The average age of the learners is 29, a spokesperson for the American company said last Saturday.

The top five courses chosen by Vietnamese in the first quarter this year are data, project management, information and digital technology, problem-solving skills, digital marketing, and e-commerce.

Three of them are provided for free by Google and the remaining two by the University of Sydney, Australia.

Jeff Maggioncalda, CEO of Coursera, said generative AI is a topic of interest for university students and faculties.

"Universities see the potential of equipping students with AI knowledge for better job opportunities.

"The number of Vietnamese registering for courses in this area is trending upwards.

"A Coursera survey last year showed that employers in the Asia-Pacific region are willing to pay up to 54% higher salaries for personnel knowledgeable in AI."

Vietnamese students became accustomed to learning online during the Covid pandemic.

The Ministry of Education and Training allows universities to teach up to 30% of their programs online.

Post-pandemic many continue to offer 1-25% of their course content online.

Currently some Coursera courses can be converted into university credits in Vietnam.

For example, FPT University integrates over 80 specializations into its bachelor's degrees in information technology and business, with the convertible credits accounting for around 20%.

Founded in 2012, Coursera partners with over 300 universities and major businesses worldwide to offer its online courses.

It has more than 148 million learners.

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