Nguyen Anh Tuan, secretary of the executive board of the Ho Chi Minh Central Youth Union (second left) and other representatives press buttons to launch the Microsoft Office Specialist World Championship 2018 in Vietnam (Photo: VNA)

Hanoi (VNA) - The Microsoft Office Specialist (MOS) World Championship 2018 in Vietnam was launched on December 5 by the Ho Chi Minh Central Youth Union and IIG Vietnam, an organisation for testing and educational quality accreditation.

In the national primary examination round, candidates will take the MOS Specialist test – to assess their skills in Microsoft Office, including Microsoft Office 2013, Microsoft Excel 2013 and Microsoft PowerPoint 2013.

A total of 120 most outstanding candidates will participate in the national final round.

Three most outstanding candidates from the national final round will take part in the world final round, which will be organised in Florida, the United States, from July 29, 2018 to August 1, 2018.

The first prize for the world final round will be 7,000 USD while the second and third prizes will be 3,500 USD and 1,500 USD, respectively.

Speaking at the launch ceremony, Nguyen Anh Tuan, Secretary of the Ho Chi Minh Youth Union Central Committee, said he highly appreciated the efforts of IIG Vietnam during the past eight years to bring the competition to Vietnamese students.

“The competition helps impart information technology teaching and studying based on international norms, helps schools assess their teaching quality, and, therefore, creates good condition to develop young talent in the present international integration scenario,” he said.

Also at the launch ceremony, the organiser honoured Vietnamese MOS ambassadors who won outstanding achievements at the world final round MOS World Championship 2017. The competition was organised in California in the United States in August this year. The ambassadors are Bui Manh Tu from Le Hong Phong High School for Gifted Students in the northern province of Nam Dinh, Duong Quoc Trung from HCM City University of Foreign Trade and Do Tien Diep from People’s Security Academy.

When the competition was first launched in 2010, just some 30 universities and colleges across the country participated. At present, the competition has attracted more than 500 junior secondary schools, high schools, universities and colleges, with more than three million students across the country.-VNA