Nguyen Thi Gia Hien (second from right) wins bronze medal at MOSWC 2015. (Photo: vietnamnet.vn)

Thai Nguyen (VNA) – A conference was held in the northern province of Thai Nguyen on January 26 to launch the 2016 Microsoft Office Specialist World Championship (MOSWC).

The event was organised by Thai Nguyen University of Information and Communication Technology, the Ministry of Education and Training, IIG Vietnam and the military-run telecom Viettel.

In addition to launching the competition in 63 education and training departments, universities and colleges nationwide, the organising board also encourages the involvement of other contestants from 13 to 22 years old. The competitors will compete in Microsoft Office software skills, including Word 2010 and 2013, Excel 2010 and 2010 and 2013, and PowerPoint 2010 and 2013.

The National Final is scheduled for May 15. The top six scorers at the national competition will represent the country in the World Finale in Orlando, Florida, in the US from August 7 to 10.

Candidates’ competence will be assessed through an online 50-minute test called Microsoft Office Specialist (MOS). Any examinee earning 700 out of 1,000 points on the test will receive a global MOS certificate granted by Microsoft.

For further information about the contest, students can go to www.mos.edu.vn.

The MOSWC is the world’s largest competition on Microsoft skills, spanning more than 100 countries and territories.

In the past six years, Vietnam has been in the competition’s top 10. Thai Nguyen province has had 219 examinees since 2010, 60 of whom received MOS certificates. Thirteen students earned berths in the national final and two others got top place in the national competition.-VNA