CEDF-DELL “Upskilling Future Workforce for the Digital Economy” 2023 Project Summary Conference in Shijiazhuang China


On November 16th, the CEDF-Dell “Upskilling Future Workforce for the Digital Economy” 2023 Project Summary Conference was successfully held in Shijiazhuang, China.   

Hosted by the National Centre for Educational Technology (NCET) and chaired by Mr. Zhao Lin, the Director of the Vocational Education Teaching Resources Division of NCET. The project summary conference brought together other esteemed stakeholders, including Mr. Zhao Xianzhi, Deputy Chief of the National Centre for Educational Technology (NCET), Mr. Chen Xiaohui, Director of the Educational Technology Center of Hebei Province, Mr. Xu Yujie, representative from China Education Development Foundation (CEDF), Ms. Jane Ma, ESG Senior Manager of Dell Technologies, Mr. Wei Min, former Deputy Director of Vocational College Informatisation Teaching Educational Committee for the Ministry of Education, Mr. Yang Yanjun, Professor of Nanchang University and Mr. Lan Xiaoyu, General Manager of ICDL China.  

The conference also witnessed the participation of provincial-level technology educational officials, project leaders, teachers and outstanding student representatives from 35 project schools across Hebei, Fujian, Guizhou, and Xinjiang province.

Mr. Chen Xiaohui, Director of the Educational Technology Center of Hebei Province, extended a warm welcome to all the guests and emphasised the inevitability trend of promoting educational informatisation for reform and development. He commended the project’s alignment with the national initiative to cultivate digital talents for the digital era, with nothing but positive results and exceeding expectations. 

During the conference, Mr. Xu Yujie from China Education Development Foundation (CEDF) expressed the foundation’s emphasis and continuation of strong support for the project and Ms. Jane Ma, ESG Senior Manager of Dell Technologies also gave full recognition for the project implementation during her speech and expressed the confidence in the future widespread adoption of educational informatisation, underscoring Dell Technologies’ commitment to the project. 

Mr. Zhao Xianzhi, Deputy Chief of the National Centre for Educational Technology (NCET), highlighted that the successful implementation of the project had bring positive impact on enhancing the di the digital skills and literacy of vocational college students, preparing them well for the improvement of talent skills in information society. He added that educational informatisation does not only promote the development of vocational education, but also helps to contribute to advancing educational equity, improving education quality, and achieving educational modernisation. 

Mr. Wei Min, former Deputy Director of the Vocational College Informatisation Teaching Educational Committee for the Ministry of Education presented a “Practical Analysis of Vocational College Teachers’ Digital Literacy Standards” report stressing the important need of improving teachers’ digital skills in educational informatisation reform to better enhance students’ digital literacy. Specific methods and practical approaches for digital application in vocational college teaching were outlined in his presentation.  

Mr. Yang Yanjun, Professor of Nanchang University, also presented the report on “Project Implementation Summary and Case Review,” providing a comprehensive overview of the 2023 project, assessing effectiveness, identifying challenges, and proposing recommendations for future project development. 

During the afternoon session of the conference, project leaders representing four provinces—specifically, Hebei, Fujian, Guizhou, and Xinjiang—delivered comprehensive reports and summaries on the successful implementation of their respective projects. Subsequently, representatives from four selected project schools shared detailed updates on the progress of their initiatives, engaging in substantive discussions regarding the challenges encountered during the implementation process. Participants took the opportunity to exchange valuable insights and ideas, focusing on effective strategies for future project implementation. 

Students from six exceptional student project groups from schools were also given the platform to present and showcase their projects and Professor. Yang Yanjun, also provided his insightful feedback after their presentations. The conference concluded with a formal ceremony in which awards were presented to the outstanding project schools and students who had demonstrated exceptional achievements in their respective projects. 

In conclusion, the CEDF-Dell “Upskilling Future Workforce for the Digital Economy” 2023 Project Summary Conference stands as a testament to the collaborative efforts and dedication of all stakeholders. At ICDL Asia, we look forward to our ongoing partnership with NCET, CEDF, and Dell Technologies as we continue to collaborate to empower vocational students and educators across China, ensuring they are well-equipped for the demands and skillset required in the digital era. Together, we aim to make a lasting impact on the educational landscape, preparing the workforce for a digitally driven future. 

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