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Microsoft invests $3 million in Vietnamese YouthSpark program

Microsoft today announced the company plans to invest $3 million in Vietnam over the next three years, as part of the tech giant's YouthSpark program. YouthSpark enables aspiring young enthusiasts with education, employment and entrepreneurship opportunities.

The YouthSpark program in Vietnam will focus on three areas: development of employees, broaden investment in youth across the country, and support young leaders. It's an interesting move, especially when one considers that Vietnam plays a major role in Microsoft's mobile device manufacturing.

"Microsoft will collaborate with VietNet-ICT to implement the Bac Ninh Province Training Roadshow on Basic Technology Skills and provide training to 1,200 young people. In addition, Microsoft will extend its existing commitment to train underserved youth and in partnership with VietNet-ICT aims to reach 16,500 young people in Bac Ninh, Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh over the next three years."

Today's announcement is also part of Microsoft's long term commitment for Vietnam. Microsoft will offer numerous courses to young enthusiasts, as well as the YouthSpark hub, which we highly recommend you check out if you're interested in tech.

Source: Microsoft (opens in new tab)

Rich Edmonds is a word conjurer at Windows Central, covering everything related to Windows, gaming, and hardware. He's been involved in technology for more than a decade and knows a thing or two about the magic inside a device chassis. You can follow him over on Twitter at @RichEdmonds.

17 Comments
  • Their programs in India are terrible, cannot imagine Vietnam being any better ... :(
  • Which programmes..?
  • South Park???.....oh, sorry
  • I read the same thing lol
  • That's alot of money with their currency exchange rate and value.
  • Why does Vietnamese have so many marks on a single vowel? It would be so difficult to write them.
  • haha, I know, compare to chinese, at least vietnamese use latin alphabet
  • Even lots of Vietnamese have trouble with their own language. :p
  • Agreed, Chinese is even worse.
  • This is great news. There's so much potential in Vietnam and great talent there. Now that the China experiment has failed and international companies are dumping China in droves, countries with actual talent can be utilised with far better results.
  • I haven't heard anything about international companies dumping China in droves. Out of curiosity, could you give us some examples of companies that have?
  • Microsoft Mobile. Lets add that they closed the factories. Some of the smartphones will be made in Vietnam but not sure whether high-end (if there ever will be such..) are made there, might be that still in China but outsourced to Taiwanese contract manufacturers.
  • "Among the companies that recently announced they would leave China, or at least withdraw part of their business, are Metro AG, Home Depot, Best Buy, Revlon, L’Oreal, Microsoft, Panasonic and Sharp. Some other companies, such as Uniqlo, Nike, and Samsung, have built their manufacturing facilities in Southeast Asia or India, which is a sign of their future withdrawal. There are different views on the reasons foreign companies are leaving China." http://gbtimes.com/business/string-foreign-companies-withdraw-china
  • Microsoft Mobile makes most of its phones in Vietnam. (as wen-people made it impossible to Make in India)
  • That's not true mister. Cheap labor is the main factor here. And it was Nokia because of whom it's not possible.
  • Good! I hope Microsoft's next move is to transfer their manufacturing facilities in ASEAN, such as Vietnam, Indonesia or the Philippines to move away from China. I wish! I wish!
  • I'm in Vietnamese. :)