Western Europe’s GDP could increase by $2,100,000,000,000 if gender equality is promoted and implemented in EU’s “best in regions” countries. This is only one of the many statistics that the CEPIS’s Women Task Force presents in its recently released infographic.
The European Commission has published a new concept paper on the topic of the challenges and benefits of digitisation for employment. The report considers the impact that digitisation, particularly robots and artificial intelligence, might have on jobs and inequality, acknowledging that some tasks, that people do today, will be replaced, and traditional occupations will be changed in future.
A new blog post from the European Commission highlights the growing strength of the Digital Skills and Jobs Coalition, an initiative that brings together organisations working on digital skills from across Europe.
The recently introduced Digital Marketing module has been successfully adopted in Greece. The first candidate to pass the module in the country was Elissavet Samioti. She is also the first candidate to pass the ECDL Digital Marketing module in Europe during post-pilot phase of the programme implementation.
ICDL Americas sponsored the first Inter-University Forum on ‘Virtual Education’, at the invitation of Santa María La Antigua Catholic University. Organised by the Board of Rectors in Panama, Jessica Rodriguez of ICDL Americas delivered a presentation on digital skills, some our research results and the ICDL programme.
ICDL Americas took part in the 18th international Virtual Educa event, which took place in Bogotá Colombia. The event, which is considered the most important event on education, innovation and ICT in the Latin American and Caribbean region, brought together different organisations from the public, private and academic sectors to discuss and debate the future of education, and how education is a motor of social innovation.
ICDL Asia was invited to judge the Business Competition 2017, a student competition open to accounting and finance students, organised by four major academic institutions in China. The competition aims to assess the presentation skills of participating students.
A new agreement between Specto, the ICDL National Operator in Jordan, and the Association of Arab Universities (AArU) was signed in Amman in June 2017. The Memorandum of Understanding will see ICDL promoted to member universities of AArU. The agreement was signed by Professor Ahmad Abu-El-Haija of Specto, and Professor Sultan Abu-Orabi of the AArU. Universities will be encouraged to adopt the ICDL syllabus to enhance the ICT skills of staff and graduates. Specto will also participate in AArU meetings across the Arab region to further promote ICDL.
ICDL Asia attended the annual ‘What the Hack’ Cyber Security Summit 2017 to highlight the importance of IT security skills for computer users at large. More than 500 participants attended the Summit, which took place on 26 May, in Pasay City, Manila, in the Philippines.
Simple precautions are a key to improving cybersecurity, according to David Francis, Managing Director of Huawei Cyber Security Union. In remarks made at the European Business Summit in Brussels, Mr Francis highlighted that, “we need, rather, to focus on doing the basics.” He continued, “If we did it would solve 80 percent of the problems we face today.”