As computational thinking and basic coding have become a trend and seemingly necessary basic skills for the new generation to have, ICDL Asia and Korea Productivity Centre (KPC) have successfully developed a Korean version of the ICDL Computing module for the students in the country’s universities and international schools.
A signing ceremony to mark the start of a new initiative to adopt ICDL for students at Nanjing Commercial College, in China, took place in March, attended by ICDL Asia General Manager, Tina Wu, and the college’s Chancellor, Yin Shufeng. The new agreement is in line with China’s policy to internationalise its universities and colleges by introducing internationally recognised qualifications.
ICDL Africa visited the Muhanga Campus of the Rwanda Management Institute (RMI), where the Accredited Test Centre has been training candidates who will eventually take on the responsibility of training civil servants across the country.
ICDL Asia, ACCA and Kaplan Sign Agreement to Certify ICT Skills of Accounting and Finance Professionals
ICDL Asia, ACCA and Kaplan Learning Institute signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) to provide a series of globally-accredited ICDL ICT certification programmes to fulfil the digital competencies of accounting and finance professionals.
海投网(Haitou), one of China’s most widely used and recognised online recruitment platforms for job-seekers, has officially listed the ICDL certification on their website, and acknowledged it as a professional certification in China. Job-seekers who are going to fill in their CVs online can now choose “ICDL Certificate” as one of the professional certifications they possess.
Importance of Information Literacy Highlighted as Major Study Shows Fake News Spreads Faster Than Real News
The danger of fake news online has been highlighted in a major new study by academics at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s Media Lab. The study, titled, ‘The spread of true and false news online’, and published in the journal, ‘Science’, looked at how fake news stories were disseminated through Twitter over the whole life of the service, from 2006 to 2017, finding that fake news spreads further and faster than real news.
Leading Chinese State-Owned-Enterprise Joins Force with ICDL Asia to Improve Digital Literacy in North China
ShougangFund, the investment platform of Beijing Shougang Group, has signed an agreement with ICDL Asia to offer the ICDL digital skills training and certification programme in Beijing, Tianjin, and Hebei Province. The signing ceremony took place at the Irish Embassy in Beijing, witnessed by Mr Simon Anthony Coveney, Tánaiste and Minister for Foreign Affairs & Trade of Ireland.
A new report by the OECD looks at the digital divide in rural areas and examines how technology could bridge the divide. The ‘Bridging the Rural Digital Divide’ report, which is part of the OECD Digital Economy Papers series, covers a broad range of issues around the digital divide in remote and rural areas, and presents an overview of policies and technological developments that could impact the gap.
Cedefop has published a new briefing note on the state of qualifications frameworks in Europe in 2017. The publication, made available in February 2018, considers the status of development of National Qualifications Frameworks (NQFs), the impact that NQFs are having, and a number of other areas. At present, 39 European countries are in the process of developing or implementing NQFs; 35 of those have already formally adopted their NQFs.
Policy makers need to change their mind-set in tackling skills mismatches according to a new report by Cedefop, the European Centre for the Development of Vocational Training. Among other findings, the report highlights that approximately 85% of jobs in the EU require, at least basic, digital skills.