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.
The European Commission has announced the 2018 edition of its European Digital Skills Awards. The awards aim to highlight project that further digital skills development in Europe. There are five award categories: Citizens, Labour Force, ICT Specialists, Education, and Women & Girls. The winners of the awards, and the runners up in each of the award categories will be invited to the ICT 2018 conference in Vienna to present their projects.
An opinion of the European Economic and Social Committee, requested by the European Parliament, has investigated the digital gender gap in the education system and labour market. It analyses the reasons behind this occurrence and makes proposals on how to increase the participation of girls in STEM and ICT studies and boost the presence of women in the digital sector.
A draft report by the European Parliament’s Committee on Culture and Education has examined the ‘challenges, opportunities, and lessons for EU policy design’ on education in the digital era. The report, which notes the high percentage of people in the EU who still lack basic digital skills, and the changing nature of work, which increasingly requires advanced digital skills, argues that it is essential to properly assess and monitor digital skills.
The European Parliament has published a study on Digital Skills in the 21st century, which aims to identify potential blind spots in the field of digital skills and competences that are not addressed by the European Commission’s Action Plan for Skills and Mobility, or any other existing initiatives at EU level.
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.
The Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC) continues to leverage the level of digital literacy of Syrian refugees by offering ICDL training and testing in four camps.
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.