ICDL Asia’s ‘Digital Literacy Day 2017’ took place at the Singapore Management University (SMU) in late July, with more than 120 corporate executives and higher education representatives in attendance. The event aimed to create greater awareness of the need to adopt relevant digital and ICT skills in higher education to prepare student for the future workforce.
The perception and reality of digital skills in Singapore have been revealed in a new study by ICDL Asia, in cooperation with eight higher education institutes in the country. 373 students were asked to rate their digital competencies in basic ICT tasks, including using spreadsheets and word processing software, working with files and managing data, and working online.
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.
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.
ICDL Asia is partnering with Malaysian authorities in revamping the country’s National Competency Standard (NCS) for ICT Users. Malaysian citizens will be able to use the updated NCS, which will be equivalent to ICDL, to keep their skills current with trends in workplace technology use, and meet international standards of digital competence. ICDL will be made available through 1,200 National Occupational Skills Standard (NOSS) institutes across the country, which will be accredited by ICDL Asia.
ICDL modules can now be claimed under the Malaysian Human Resource Development Fund (HRDF), after Rightway Elite Sdn Bhd, an ICDL Accredited Test Centre, received approval to offer 10 modules under the fund.
ICDL Asia held a Train the Trainers session for the new ICDL Digital Marketing module at the Kaplan@Devan Nair Institute in Singapore. The event allowed participants from Accredited Test Centres to learn about the new module, covering the syllabus in an interesting and informative way. Following the event, the first pilot class for Digital Marketing will take place in May.
Rightway Elite, a test centre in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, received its Accredited Test Centre Certificate from ICDL Asia in a ceremony in March, attended by the Irish Finance Minister, Michael Noonan, and Irish Ambassador to Malaysia, Eamon Hickey.
ECDL Foundation launched its newest module, ICT in Education, at an event in Kigali today. The module is aimed at teachers, and will equip them with the skills they need to effectively use technology in the classroom. The launch took place during ICDL Africa’s Annual Test Centre Forum in the Rwandan capital.
ICDL Digital Challenge is the first ever ICDL computer and digital competition in Asia, open to tertiary and university students between 18 and 25 years old. The challenge hopes to identify and recognise the top students with the best ICT skills. The winner will have the chance to win prizes including a Student Exchange Programme with ICDL in one of 5 selected countries.