In September 2017, ICDL Asia and Siemens PLM Software commenced a partnership for the new ICDL 3D Design Module using Solid Edge as the first platform software. The module is designed for anyone, particularly students, to learn the essential concepts and skills relating to the fundamentals of using 3D Design software.
With the theme ‘Building a Competitive Workforce for the Digital Economy’, the annual ICDL Asia Digital Literacy Day 2018 took place on 6 September 2018, at the C asean Auditorium in Bangkok, Thailand. The event was graced by His Excellency Air Chief Marshal Doctor Prachin Chantong, Deputy Prime Minister of Thailand and Minster of Justice, His Excellency Tony Cotter, Ambassador Designate of Ireland to Thailand, Mr Damien O’Sullivan, CEO of ICDL Foundation, and many other distinguished guest speakers internationally and from Thailand.
After more than 9 months of preparation and hardwork from our local territory partners who are involved in the ICDL Asia Digital Challenge 2018, we are glad to announce and celebrate the Grand Final Competition, which took place in Bangkok, Thailand on 5 September 2018.
ICDL Asia signed a Memorandum of Understanding with ACCA Malaysia on 20 September to introduce ICDL programmes to the organisation’s members in Malaysia. The agreement was signed by Tina Wu, ICDL Asia General Manager, and Vilashini Ganespathy, Head of Members for ACCA Malaysia. His Excellency, Richard Bruton TD, Irish Minister for Education and Skills, and His Excellency, Eamon Hickey, Irish Ambassador to Malaysia, witnessed the signing.
IMT Hyderabad, a top business school in India recently, concluded the ICDL Advanced Spreadsheets certification for all 212 of its first year MBA students. ICDL was a mandatory part of the orientation week at IMT Hyderabad. The feedback from the students and faculty coordinators has been very positive, with a special note for the interactive e-learning.
Tunku Abdul Rahman University College (‘TAR UC’) has officially become an ICDL Accredited Test Centre. Seeing the need to increase digital literacy standards for its students, TAR UC is dedicating two computer labs at the CPE Department of each campus for ICDL testing. TAR UC have their main campus in Kuala Lumpur, with five other branches in Penang, Perak, Johor, Pahang and Sabah respectively. It is well recognised locally and internationally among the academic fraternity and professional bodies.
ICDL Asia and Xtrategize Technologies signed an agreement to use ICDL to help prepare graduates of Berjaya TVET College for the workforce. The signing ceremony took place at the recent ICDL Asia Accredited Test Centre (ATC) Summit in Malaysia, and was witnessed by the Irish Ambassador to Malaysia, Eamon Hickey, the General Manager of ICDL Asia, Tina Wu, and the ICDL Asia Market Development Manager, Syed Fairul Al-Mashoor.
Vietnam Ministry of Information and Communication and ICDL Vietnam co-hosted dissemination workshop on recognition of ICT certification
A workshop on dissemination of ICT was co-organised by the Vietnam Ministry of Information and Communication (MIC) and ICDL Vietnam in Ho Chi Minh City in late June. The workshop was chaired by Mr Nguyen Thanh Tuyen, Deputy Director of Information Technology Department, with participants from members and staff of other MIC consultative boards, the Ministry of Education and Training (MOET), as well as various educational institutions.
A new report by UNESCO has highlighted the ICDL programme as a significant example of a digital skills framework around the world. ‘A Global Framework of Reference on Digital Literacy Skills for Indicator 4.4.2’ was published with the aim of providing a basis for an indicator of the, “Percentage of youth/adults who have achieved at least a minimum level of proficiency in digital literacy skills”, under the United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goals.
Candidates in Malaysia can now enrol for ICDL certified training at three new Accredited Test Centres (ATCs) starting this month. Each of the three new ATCs are situated in different cities, bringing a total of nine centres in Malaysia to date.