Vietnamese animation studio Sconnect on Wednesday announced the launch of Sconnect Academy of Media Arts (SAMA), Vietnam’s first animation and game design school. The Hanoi-based academy’s mission is to train young talents who have a passion for animation and game design and wish to enter Vietnam’s animation workforce. According to People’s Artist and director Pham Ngoc Tuan, the launch of SAMA signals a boom in Vietnam’s animation industry, helping the future animation workforce unlock the industry’s potential. The academy is expected to offer professional training programs and create conditions for learners to study with Vietnam’s leading cartoon producers. Vu Thuong, director and principal at SAMA, hopes that the school will aid young designers in spreading cultural and educational values to the public via their animation and game design products.