An exchange meeting between Vietnamese IT students with Bill Gates, chairman of Microsoft and chief software architect, was held at the Hanoi University of Technology on April 22.
The activity is part of Mr Gates’ visit to Vietnam at the invitation of Prime Minister Phan Van Khai.
Deputy Minister of Education and Training Tran Van Nhung delivered a speech, welcoming Mr Gates to the exchange meeting with Vietnamese IT students. Mr Nhung said that it was wonderful to see so many students to be here to have a dialogue with very special guest, who was one of the most famous and influential men in the world.
Then the chairman of Microsoft and the richest man in the world started his speech, saying: “It is very exciting to be here today on my first visit to Vietnam.”
He gave a speech for around 20 minutes about the role of information technology and software, saying: “The opportunities that brings to all of us, this is a very exciting time particularly for all of you working any area in engineering or computer related topics because the rate of advance, of innovation is faster than ever before, and the work that is done and the role of technology has an unbelievable opportunity to change the way that we live, the way we communicate, the way we learn, the way we do business, we do all scientific exploration, and it’s very exciting to be part of this."
He ended his speech by saying that he was exciting to learn a lot about Vietnam and how Microsoft be partnered with the Vietnamese Government to help drive economic growth, and think about things Microsoft could do in Vietnam.
“I’m thrilled to be here for the first time, I have a lot to learn about Vietnam and how Microsoft can be a partner with the government here and really help to drive the economic growth, so that’s really my goal, to meet the partners to think about what new things we can do here, I’m very excited about the opportunities that exist here and really I think this opportunity to talk to you and answer any questions you have is the highlight of my visit,” Mr Gates said.
The most interesting part of the exchange meeting was a question and answer session.
Mr Gates answered questions of students about his life and job, Microsoft’s plans in the Vietnamese market, and potential of the Vietnamese information technology, even they key to his success.
Many students from universities and colleges in Hanoi attended the exchange meeting with Mr Gates. Even students and people from different parts of Vietnam and even in Australia had questions for the Microsoft chairman.
Before the end of his one-hour meeting with Vietnamese students, Mr Gates presented scholarships worth US$1,300 to ten outstanding students.
Ealier, Mr Gates was separately received by Prime Minister Phan Van Khai and President Tran Duc Luong. He then left for Bac Ninh to visit a village to learn how computer reach rural areas in Vietnam, before ending his visit to Vietnam.
Minutes before the meeting between Vietnamese students with Mr Gates, a portal entitled Thanh Giong was launched by the Vietnam Central Committee of the Communist Youth and the Vietnam Students’ Association. The project aims to popularise information technology and connect the Internet for Vietnamese young people nationwide.
Tran Quoc Huy, deputy head of the Vietnamese Youth Union, said that in the coming time, 2,700 voluntary students would be sent to rural areas to help 27,000 young people in Hanoi, Da Nang, Nghe An, Dak Lak, Can Tho, Nam Dinh, Dong Nai, Khanh Hoa and Ho Chi Minh City, to get knowledge about information technology.
Mr Huy said: “The project’s target is to send one million volunteers to help around 20 million other young people to have information technology knowledge.
On this occasion, the Thanh Giong portal was launched.
Nhan Dan Newspaper