The Ministry of Education and Training, Tuoi Tre (Youth) newspaper and IIG Vietnam – the representative of Certiport in Vietnam – signed Wednesday a deal to begin jointly organizing the national round of the Microsoft Office Specialist World Championship (MOSWC) from 2015 onward.
The Microsoft Office Specialist World Championship is an annual competition involving Microsoft Office applications held all over the world by Certiport – an American organization specializing in validating fundamental computer skills and knowledge through performance-based testing.
The competition requires participants to take full advantage of several available computer software tools to display their abilities and skills to process the information given by the jury in the best possible way.
The signing ceremony marks a new development of the contest with the participation of the education ministry and Vietnam’s leading newspaper. It has been organized in Vietnam exclusively by IIG Vietnam during the last five years.
Speaking about the contest, Deputy Minister of Education and Training Nguyen Vinh Hien said the Microsoft Office Specialist World Championship has become an intellectual playground that draws the attention of students from across the country.
“From the point of view of an educational managing agency, we highly appreciate the practicality and the development of the contest year by year as well as the effort of the organizers – IIG Vietnam – in bringing a world-scale competition to Vietnam,” he said.
The deputy minister also hoped that MOSWC will reach more students pursuing computer science and developing the country’s educational industry as well as providing high quality human resources.
Moses Wan, vice chairman of Certiport, expressed his belief that the Vietnam team will achieve higher results at MOSWC in the future since the contest has been paid attention to via the collaboration of the Ministry of Education and Training, Tuoi Tre, and IIG Vietnam.
“I believe that along with the Ministry of Education and Training and Tuoi Tre, one of the country’s biggest newspapers, the contest could welcome more and more participants and become one of the most prestigious competitions in computer science for students,” Doan Hong Nam, chairman of IIG Vietnam, expressed.
This year marks the fifth year the contest has been organized in Vietnam. Three students from Ho Chi Minh City have been selected to represent Vietnam in the final round to be held in the U.S. in July after winning the national round.
They are Tran Phuc Duy, a 10th grade student at Lawrence S. Ting High School, who won first prize in the MOS PowerPoint 2010 category; Bui Huu Hong Hai, a student enrolled at the HCMC University of Foreign Languages and Information Technology, winner of the MOS Word 2010 category; and Tran Minh Tien, a student from the Banking University of Ho Chi Minh City, winner of the MOS Excel 2010 category.
Earlier, Vietnam also sent contestants to the international round and won impressive awards, including a gold medal in the 2012 contest’s Microsoft Word 2010 category and a bronze medal in the 2013 competition’s Microsoft Word 2010 category.