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Delivery of the software will be made available through Autodesk’s Academic Resource Center (ARC), an online portal that allows education institutions to download Autodesk’s design software for use in their classrooms or computer labs.
The expansion of the programme to Vietnam demonstrates Autodesk’s commitment to supporting the next generation of architects, engineers, designers and digital artists worldwide. Access to the software and resources helps instructors teach design concepts as well as established industry processes such as Building Information Modeling (BIM), Digital Entertainment Creation, Digital Prototyping, and Sustainable Design.
“We are very pleased to partner with Autodesk and appreciate their commitment in supporting Vietnam’s design technology education through the free software programne. Education is a key foundation for the socio-economic development of our country and we highly appreciate Autodesk's contribution,” said Ngu Duy Anh, head of Student Affair Department under the Ministry of Education and Training (MoET).
George Abraham, director of Emerging Markets, Autodesk Education said, “Working in partnership with the MoET, this scalable initiative enables us to reach over 10 million students in Vietnam.”
“Our goal is to help students develop design technology skills that can be applied across disciplines. This will contribute not only to their personal success, but also that Vietnam’s burgeoning building and construction, manufacturing, and media and entertainment industries will have a ready pool of talent that is proficient in the same design tools and techniques that they use,” he added.
Autodesk’s commitment to education extends beyond granting software to academic institutions. The company offers all students and educators around the world with free access to the latest 3D design software for non-commercial use via the Autodesk Education Community. To date, more than 150 million students and educators from 188 countries have access to Autodesk design tools.
Autodesk also proudly sponsors design competitions that provide platforms for students to apply and showcase their design skills. A recent example is the ASEANpreneurs Autodesk Design Challenge where students from the Ho Chi Minh City University of Technology competed against their peers across Southeast Asia. Quyen Do from the Ho Chi Minh City University of Technology won the first prize in the architecture category while Nguyen Tien Phuoc also from the same university won the third prize in the manufacturing design category.