Under the patronage of His Excellency the Minister of Higher Education and Scientific Research (MoHESR), Prof. Salim Khalbos, Specto and MoHESR launched ICDL in 30 accredited ‘4C centres’ across Tunisia. This was a result of an agreement signed between the two parties in May 2017. Execution of the agreement included holding 6 ICDL workshops in different areas of Tunisia. 91 trainers attended the training and passed the ICDL tests.
Specto, the ICDL National Operator in Jordan, has signed an agreement with the Director General of the Amman Chamber of Commerce. The agreement was reached after several meetings and discussions about the importance of ICDL, and the benefits that the members of the Chamber could receive from ICDL certification.
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.
A new agreement between LQAS, the ICDL National Operator in Libya, and the Abu Salim Municipal Council will see 100 candidates trained, tested and certified to the ICDL standard.
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.
ECDL Foundation’s new Computing module was launched in Malta today, at an event hosted by ECDL Malta. The new module will help candidates build and certify skills in areas like computational thinking, problem solving, algorithms and coding. It is aimed at the education sector, particularly secondary school students, and their teachers.
The Community Policing Institute in Abu Dhabi, UAE, has announced the adoption of the New ICDL Profile structure, which includes IT Security, in order to enhance the digital competencies and knowledge of the police and community.
ICDL is being further rolled out at Tripoli University in Libya, thanks to a new agreement between the University and Libyan Quality Assurance Systems (LQAS), the ICDL National Operator in the country. 150 students have already enrolled for ICDL training and certification after a successful promotional campaign in September this year.
The Baptist School in Jordan recently held a graduation ceremony for its 13th and 14th cohort of ICDL students. In total, 80 students received their ICDL certificates, and eight students received ICDL Expert certificates.
The Norwegian Refugee Council has celebrated granting its 1000th ICDL certificate to a refugee. The Al Zaatari Refugee camp was accredited as a Test Centre by Specto in 2014. Since then, ICDL has become popular among young refugees in the camp. The accreditation of the Emarati and Azraq camps followed, thanks to the high demand from refugees for the ICDL certification.