A new agreement between Specto, the ICDL National Operator in Jordan, and the Association of Arab Universities (AArU) was signed in Amman in June 2017. The Memorandum of Understanding will see ICDL promoted to member universities of AArU. The agreement was signed by Professor Ahmad Abu-El-Haija of Specto, and Professor Sultan Abu-Orabi of the AArU. Universities will be encouraged to adopt the ICDL syllabus to enhance the ICT skills of staff and graduates. Specto will also participate in AArU meetings across the Arab region to further promote ICDL.
Simple precautions are a key to improving cybersecurity, according to David Francis, Managing Director of Huawei Cyber Security Union. In remarks made at the European Business Summit in Brussels, Mr Francis highlighted that, “we need, rather, to focus on doing the basics.” He continued, “If we did it would solve 80 percent of the problems we face today.”
A new strategy for school and higher education in the EU has been launched by the European Commission. The strategy contains several goals, including, ensuring that higher education gives graduates the skills they need to succeed in our economy; making higher education systems more inclusive; closing the ‘innovation gap’ between higher education, research and business; and making sure that higher education systems work together well.
A new scheme to encourage free internet access in public places, like town halls, hospitals and parks, has been informally agreed between the Maltese Presidency of the EU’s Council of Ministers, and the European Parliament. WiFi4EU is intended to help reduce the digital divide and encourage the use of digital services.
ICDL Africa held an ATC activation Workshop in Tanzania attended by 20 Delegates and hosted by Emerson Education.
As we celebrate 20 years of raising digital skill levels around the world with ECDL and ICDL, we have launched a new interactive timeline, telling our story. The site, available at ourstory.ecdl.org, highlights key moments in the development of our certification, from its birth in 1997 to the present day.
The latest edition of the European Digital Progress Report was published by the European Commission in early May. The report monitors Member States’ progress on digital policies, and benchmarks developments in several areas, including digital skills. This year’s edition features a country profile of Cyprus, which highlights the use of ECDL in the country’s education system.
Following an extensive review, the ICDL certification programme has been awarded an ISTE Seal of Alignment for Readiness, in recognition that ICDL, “provides a valuable assessment of participants’ foundational skills and knowledge as described by the 2016 ISTE Standards for Students”.
Six outstanding projects that have used ECDL or ICDL to transform peoples’ lives have been featured in a new video series from ECDL Foundation. The ‘ECDL Stories’ series provides a look at how six projects from Austria, Colombia, Malta, South Africa, Yemen and Zimbabwe, have used the ECDL and ICDL digital skills certifications to help people build the skills they need for today and tomorrow.
A new study of 7,800 workplaces on the impact of ICT on work and skills has been published by the European Commission. The report, titled, ‘ICT for Work: Digital Skills in the Workplace’, shows that technology has permeated all types of work, not only traditionally digital sectors. The study analysed sectors like farming, health care, and construction.