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|AES-VCM Energy Career Scholarship presenting ceremony|
On November 19, AES-VCM Mong Duong Power Co., Ltd., in co-operation with the Centre for Education Development (CED), presented AES-VCM Energy Career Scholarship to 20 outstanding students from Quang Ninh province majoring in power and energy at Hanoi University of Science and Technology (HUST) and Electric Power University (EPU).
The AES-VCM Energy Career Scholarship is one of the company’s initiatives to invest in education, training, and preparing a high-tech workforce for Quang Ninh and Vietnam’s energy sector. Besides the $600 financial support, each student will participate in soft skills and English training courses, volunteer activities, community support, and a field visit to Mong Duong 2 BOT Thermal Power Plant invested and operated by AES-VCM Mong Duong Power Co., Ltd.
The ceremony was held in the presence of David Stone, managing director of AES-VCM Mong Duong Power Company, Nguyen Van Top, vice principle of HUST, To Kim Lien, director of CED, and scholarship recipients from the two universities.
|David Stone, managing director of AES-VCM Mong Duong Power Company|
Addressing the ceremony, David Stone said, “AES provides safe, reliable, and sustainable energy to foster Vietnam’s growth. We believe that besides power energy, Vietnam also needs human energy to accelerate the country’s progress. We, therefore, make investment in people and education a top focus in our social investment portfolio. I hope the scholarship and soft skills trainings that we offer to these outstanding students today shall add fuel for them to work harder at school and further improve personal development to become the owners of Vietnam’s energy future that AES would be a part of.”
This is the second year AES-VCM granted the Energy Career Scholarships, which are highly appreciated by the professors and students from the two universities.
|David Stone presents flowers to Nguyen Van Top, vice principle of HUST|
Do Hong Son, a senior electrical automatic major, Power Institution, Hanoi University of Science and Technology, who received the scholarship for the second year, shared in his letter to the company, “The scholarship I received last year from AES-VCM has changed my life in a very positive way as I was exposed to new skills and knowledge. This scholarship means a lot to me, not only because of the financial support but also the soft skills, including English speaking as well as PLC software writing that make me ready for my future career. I have enjoyed several offsite trainings and activities where I made new friends with whom I committed to build a strong network of technical engineers in Quang Ninh. We would contribute to the development of Quang Ninh and Vietnam. I believe the support from AES-VCM to us today will strengthen the development of the Vietnamese energy industry in the years to come.”
Besides this scholarship, the AES-VCM has also implemented many CSR programmes aiming to improve education, healthcare, and environment for the last seven years, with the total value of over VND7 billion ($304,347).
AES-VCM Mong Duong Power Co., Ltd is the owner of Mong Duong 2 BOT Power Plant located at Mong Duong ward, Cam Pha city, Quang Ninh province. Breaking ground in December 2010, Mong Duong 2 BOT Power Plant has a gross capacity of 1,242MW with two units and a total investment capital of $2.1 billion. Since the date of synchronisation in April 2015, both units have contributed more than 12 billion kWh of electricity to the national grid. The power plant is expected to contribute more than 7.6 billion kWh of electricity to the national power grid annually.
The Centre for Education and Development is an NGO with the objective to facilitate education development and come up with educational initiatives in Vietnam. Besides support in implementing the scholarships for gifted students and female students, the centre also conducts field, environmental, and scientific projects, projects for parents, community centre learning development, and a project on natural disaster risk management.