The European Commission launched the second edition of its European Digital Skills Awards in early September. The awards will highlight projects to raise digital skills in five categories: citizens, workers, ICT professionals, education, and projects addressing the needs of women and girls.
EU Code Week is being marked this week, with events being organised by stakeholders in coding across Europe and beyond. The initiative, a grass-roots movement supported by the European Commission, aims to raise the profile of coding and motivate people to get creative and learn to code.
ECDL Switzerland hosted its annual Information Day, enabling Swiss ECDL test centres to learn about new developments in ECDL programmes and giving them the chance to exchange recent experiences in delivering ECDL.
Members of ECDL Foundation met to attend the company’s Annual General Meeting on 21 September 2017, at the Radisson Blu Dublin Airport Hotel. The meeting was well attended, with almost all members being present in person or by proxy.
Damien O’Sullivan, CEO of ECDL Foundation, has been selected to serve on the Governing Board of the Digital Skills and Jobs Coalition. The first meeting of the Board took place on 28 September, in Brussels.
The European Parliament has adopted the final text of a resolution that welcomes the European Commission’s New Skills Agenda for Europe. In the resolution, the Parliament argues that education and training in Europe need to keep pace with changes in society and technology, and calls for access to skills development for all.
Rwanda’s University of Tourism, Technology and Business Studies (UTB) has become an ICDL Accredited Test Centre, and has announced that it wants to make ICDL a compulsory course for all students.
ECDL Romania hosted more than 140 representatives of ECDL test centres during an event in the picturesque town of Brasov. Representatives of ECDL Romania, ATIC, the Romanian Ministry of Education, the Institute for Public Administration, and ECDL Foundation, addressed the participants.
ICDL Africa participated in Tanzania’s 3rd ICT Summit, which took place in early September in the capital, Dar es Salaam. Hosted by the Institute of Finance Management, the event was attended by local and international speakers from academia and industry.
The first ‘Program Your Game’ contest was held by the Technological University of Panama on 13 September, to mark Programmers’ Day. ICDL Americas were invited to participate as sponsors.