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 key to this is to build strong digital capabilities for the people and enterprises. Therefore, there are ongoing efforts to develop a digitally competent workforce, ranging from programmes for our students, to post-graduation transition and lifelong learning initiatives.”, said Low Yen Ling, Senior Parliamentary Secretary at the Ministry of Education and Ministry of Trade and Industry.
Damien O’ Sullivan, CEO of ICDL Foundation spoke about the emerging ICT trends in workplace and in education worldwide, noting that employers are now looking at candidates with excellent soft and hard skills.
During the event, a panel of experts discussed current job trends and how to prepare Asia’s future workforce for the workplace. The panel speakers included Professor Swapna Gottipati from SMU, Mark Nivan Singh, Deputy Director, Department of Educational Development at Singapore Polytechnic, Stephen Yee, Assistant Executive Director and Senior Director of Training at Singapore National Employers Federation, and Professor Dr Kamaljit Singh Anand, Executive Director, Institute of Management Studies – NOIDA, from India.
The event ended on a high note with the announcement of winners for the first ever ICDL Digital Challenge 2017 in Asia, which was highly anticipated. The winners were Prince Sumberia from India, Ang Yee Chin from Singapore, and Tatsapun Ngamsompornpong from Thailand.