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.
The participating students, from Temasek Polytechnic, Singapore Polytechnic, the National University of Singapore, Singapore management University, Kaplan Singapore and PSB Academy, completed a 20-question online practical test of their skills based on ICDL modules.
The study found that there are clear ICT skills gaps in Singapore. Students with an engineering and IT background performed better, and performance on ICT concepts and managing files and data was high, but performance on word processing and spreadsheets was lower.