Vietnam has tremendous opportunities to develop its semiconductor industry, but the biggest hurdle to the sector’s growth is a lack of a high-quality workforce.
Therefore, the Ministry of Science and Technology has identified technology transfer and coordination as the priorities for human resources training for the sector.
The semiconductor industry currently sees huge development potential with cooperation strategies in place with other countries such as Japan, South Korea and the US, said Nguyễn Phú Hùng, chief of the Department of Science and Technology for Economic Technical Branches (under the Ministry of Science and Technology or MoST).
In the Vietnam-US joint statement on upgrading bilateral ties to a comprehensive strategic partnership, the countries’ leaders – general secretary of the communist party of Vietnam’s central committee Nguyễn Phú Trọng and US President Joe Biden, also acknowledged Vietnam’s potential as a major player in the semiconductor industry.
Hùng said, “Vietnam definitely can become one of the countries in the global value chain of this sector. However, the industry demands qualified high-skilled workers to work with advanced technology.”
Hùng added that statistics from associations in the sector showed that Vietnam has around 5,000 engineers in semiconductor manufacturing and therefore the MoST has identified technology transfer and coordination as the priorities for human resources training. — VNS