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DTU Students of the CMU Advanced International Programs Defend Capstone Projects

Capstone is a project planning application used by advanced students in their final year at Duy Tan University. From January 3rd to 8th, 60 groups of 260 students majoring in Software Engineering, Management Information Systems and Network Security successfully defended their projects. 
Students defend their Capstone projects in English
Carnegie Mellon is one of the top four American universities in IT, and shares their latest teaching methods and curricula with the DTU International School. Most Capstone students are offered full-time employment on graduation.
Students were divided into groups of four or five and each were allocated one practical project associated with Agile Scrum, Kanban, Hay V-Model or the Security Process. It took four months to perfect their projects, from the initial idea, research, writing algorithms, setting up features, building a suitable interface and so on. Their projects were defended in English, which took 90 minutes, including questions from the Graduate Defense Committees, DTU mentors and executives from local IT companies. 
The evaluation criteria include the application itself, skill levels, innovation and creativity; the implementation of the system; teamwork, communication and report writing skills; problem solving; technology used; and English ability. 
The judges
Dr. Nguyen Duc Man, Vice-Rector of DTU International School, said: “This year’s Capstone projects were distributed into 60 groups, and we invited experts from local IT companies to join our Graduate Defense Committees. One of the objectives of Capstone projects is to address the practical needs of business and as a result, many of the projects have actually been implemented in the same companies where our students intern or work full-time. Although the pandemic had a negative impact on studies and research, these new Capstone projects continue to be practical, creative and feasible.”
The Capstone students were highly regarded for their careful preparation, their ability to present their theses in fluent English and their confidence in answering the committees’ questions. Projects included:
- “Finder”, to locate missing people, using facial recognition technology 
- “The Craft Village Pollution Monitor System,” using ML/DL, GIS and LBS
- “The Danang Tourism Review Analyzer”
- “A Cryptocurrency Tracking and Analysis System”
Nguyen Thai Hoang, Department Head at Axon Active, said: “This is the second time I have been a member of the Graduate Defense Committees and I am extremely impressed by DTU students of advanced CMU programs. They have completed a large amount of work in four months, using several innovative technologies, and, meanwhile, they have broadened their professional knowledge, soft, teamworking, presentation, interrogation and English skills. After Le Dang Trung, a DTU K25 CMU TPM8 student, had completed a 3-month internship at Axon Active, he became a full-time employee, even before he graduated, testifying to the high-quality of his DTU education.”
Other Capstone students finding employment, before defending their project include: 
- Dau Hoang Tai (K25CMU Network Security) - Security Tester at VNPT Cyber Immunity
- Huynh Duc Tin (K25CMU Network Security) - Security Tester at VNPT Cyber Immunity
- Pham Minh Quy (K25CMU Network Security) -  SoC Tier 3 at MBBank 
- Nguyen Hong Lich (K25CMUTPM) - BlockChain Engineer at the BAP Group
- Bui Duc Huy (K25 CMU TPM7) - Software Engineer at KMS Technology
- Nguyen Van Tan (CMU TPM3) - Fresher BE at GMO-Z Runsystem
- Nguyen Duy Nhat Tan (K25 CMU TPM) - Software Engineer at LG DVC Da Nang
- H Na Ri Mlô (K25 CMU TTT) - Business Analyst at Enlab Software
Le Dang Trung from Axon Active, said: “Most of our team members already had jobs and the practical knowledge and skills to implement our Capstone projects. However, we had to rearrange our study and work schedules to ensure that we could work together and complete a quality project on schedule. In class, we now normally study several different  courses entirely in English, with foreign lecturers, so we had no difficulty reading documents, writing up the projects or presenting and answering questions. I want to thank all our mentors for their dedicated support and the Graduate Defense Committees for offering us valuable comments and suggestions to perfect our projects.”
(Media Center)