Vietnam National University launches distance medical training

Underpinned by a decentralised cloud network, the university is offering medical training to people in rural and poorer areas

Vietnam National University in Ho Chi Minh City will offer distance learning for the nation’s medical students.

Supported by a decentralised cloud network from Silicon Valley-based Beowulf Blockchain, the new learning platform will eventually offer medical students across Vietnam remote learning in their home or place of work.

In a developing country, distance learning can provide training opportunities to people who may not be able to travel and live in a city hundreds of miles away.

It will also help spread expertise concentrated in big cities like Ho Chi Minh City and Hanoi to rural and poorer areas.

Professor Dr Dang Van Phuoc, president of the school of medicine at Vietnam National University, said: “This partnership is a perfect fit with our mission of providing unparalleled education quality. We’re excited for the collaboration to commence, and we look forward to integrating more innovative solutions into our teaching.”

Beowulf Blockchain currently works for hospitals and clinics around the world to build their own telehealth system capable of real-time video conferencing for remote consultation.

Beowulf founder Dr. William H. Nguyen said: “Vietnam National University is one of Vietnam’s most prestigious educational institutes, and the fact that we’re able to apply our technology to the next wave of education is very gratifying.”

Health care needs in Vietnam are changing as its society becomes richer and recent statistics show a 38% increase in obesity since 2014.