The University of Da Nang in collaboration with Fablab (fabrication laboratory) Da Nang, the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and Arizona State University (ASU) officially launched a Maker Innovation Space in the central city.

The space, located at Da Nang University, will help students gain skills to launch and test new technologies and innovative solutions for community development challenges with access to a fully equipped laboratory.

Maker Spaces enable university students to design, prototype, and manufacture their projects. The Da Nang Maker Innovation Space will be equipped with 3-D printers, laser cutters, a wood and metal shop, as well as advanced design software available to all university student members.

Students will be able to use the Maker Innovation Space to translate the Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics theory they learn in the classroom into prototypes for technological solutions for real-world problems. It is not only an educational facility, but also a solutions and inventions laboratory.

SAID BUILD-IT launched its first Maker Innovation Space in HCM City’s Sai Gon Hi-Tech Park and selected Da Nang for its second facility based on the city’s reputation for innovation and the strength of its partners here.

USAID aims to help coming generations of university graduates achieve inclusive, technology-based growth, which fits squarely into Viet Nam’s ongoing effort to revolutionise its economy under the Viet Nam 2035 strategy.

Earlier this year, Da Nang University and University of Nice Sophia Antipolis and the Agence Universitaire de la Francophonie (AUF) (Francophone University Association) inked a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) in the fields of scientific research, education and student exchange, technology transfer, communications, business management, water management, and embedded software systems.

The university also plans to establish a teacher training college for engineering and the Việt Nam-United Kingdom University in the central city from next year.

Da Nang University, which is one of the top 50 universities in ASEAN, and a key human resource centre for the central and Central Highlands regions, has developed 12 college-level education centres and trains 90,000 students per year.