On 6 September 2018 during the ICDL Asia Digital Literacy Day 2018, ICDL Asia announced the official launch of the 3D Design Module. In conjunction with the launch of the 3D Design module, ICDL Asia invited a tertiary student from China, who recently presented his product at the XingShi-Cup International Industrial Design Competition in Guangzhou to showcase his competency and efficiency of the software in the design of his project.
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.
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.
A new report from Solutions for Youth Employment (S4YE), a multi-stakeholder coalition under the World Bank, argues that digital jobs can offer young women in developing countries new employment opportunities. Based on a number of case studies, the ‘Digital Jobs for Youth: Young Women in the Digital Economy’ report highlights the benefits to young women of digital jobs, including increased productivity, higher earnings, and financial independence.
IMT Hyderabad, top Business School in India recently concluded the ICDL Advanced Spreadsheets Certification for all its 212 1st year MBA students. ICDL was a mandatory part of the Orientation week at IMT Hyderabad. The feedback from the students as well as faculty coordinators has been very positive, with a special note for the interactive e-learning.
F-TEC Skill Development is a National Skill Development Corporation (NSDC) Partner Company, with several centres in Delhi region and have a strong presence in the skill development ecosystem. ICDL India and FTEC will work jointly in Delhi/NCR to reach out to different educational institutions including Universities, Business Chambers, Government Bodies and other training boards/ professional bodies to create scope for ICDL certification.
On 20th September 2018, ICDL Asia signed the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with ACCA Malaysia to introduce ICDL programmes to the ACCA members in Malaysia.