The annual ICDL Asia Digital Literacy Day 2022 was successfully held at National Economics University (NEU), Hanoi, Vietnam and virtually via Zoom on 8 September 2022.
In its 6th iteration, the event gathered over 300 attendees from 14 territories, making it one of ICDL’s largest hybrid events in recent years.
THE THEME: ACCELERATING DIGITAL LITERACY IN ASIA
ICDL Asia Digital Literacy Day 2022 is a regional event conducted annually to promote the importance of digital literacy. It also serves as a platform for academic leaders, industry experts and training providers to share key industry trends and best practices of digital skills and digital learning in Asia.
We welcomed Dr. To Hong Nam, Deputy Director of Information Technology Department, Ministry of Education and Training (MoET), Vietnam, Mr. Seán Farrell, Deputy Head of Mission, Embassy of Ireland, Vietnam, Dr. Pham Hong Chuong, from NEU, Vietnam, amongst our distinguished guests, partners and students at the event.
At the event, Dr. To Hong Nam shared, “For digital transformation to be successful in Vietnam, we need to build a community of digital citizens with strong digital skills who tap on the advantages of digital technology in their daily life activities. Digital skills are not only computer skills, but also knowledge and skills that help us to live and work in the digital environment safely and effectively. In recent years, the Ministry of Education and Technology has paid special attention to fostering, training and educating students, teachers and staff to enhance their digital capabilities in this digital era through the regular IT contest and extracurricular programme in the schools.”
NEU has identified digital technology and digital transformation as one of its priority targets for investment and development in recent years. Dr. Pham Hong Chuong said,:”Technology has been integrated into all areas of our school, from learning, teaching to research. NEU has also followed the digital trend in adding new majors such as Data Science and Digital Skills to the Management Technology School. All of that proved the essential role of digital technology in school.”
Mr. Sean Farrell also shared in his speech, “We are living in digital economy and COVID pandemic has greatly accelerated the pace at which industry, education and everyday life is becoming more digitised and moving more online. It is important that we proactively prepare for the digital economy and ensure that we will be able to take advantage of benefit of technology and use every opportunity that is created.
ICDL is an expert in digital literacy in the Asia markets. We are very proud that an Irish organisation is rolling out such an ambitious programme to promote digital literacy and skills in Asia in general and in Vietnam in particular.”
OUR PLEDGE TO TRAIN 45,000 CANDIDATES IN VIETNAM
Ms. Tina Wu, General Manager of ICDL Asia, shared insights to digital skills gap, including global trends and research findings in her presentation. She further elaborated on key ICDL Asia achievements in each region in the last 12 months and talked about ICDL’s future developments.
As part of ICDL’s commitment to expand our outreach in Vietnam, Ms. Tina Wu also announced ICDL Asia’s pledge to train and certify 45,000 candidates in the next 3 years in Vietnam, which includes students and working adults.
BEST PRACTICES SPEAKERS’ SESSIONS
For this year’s Best Practices Sharing session, we invited 4 representatives from leading enterprises and academic institutions as our guest speakers, namely:
- Associate Prof. Dr. Azah Anir Norman
Head of FSKTM Technovations, University of Malaya
- Mrs Tran Thi Bao Que
Member of Board of Management, Military Commercial Joint Stock Bank, Vietnam
- Mrs Helen Chong
Principal, Crescent Girls’ School
- Dr. Chalothon Chootong
Assistant to the Dean for International Affairs, Faculty of Science, Kasetsart University, Sriracha Campus
Each speaker shared valuable insights on the importance of digital literacy, and how ICDL played a pivotal role in supporting their digital transformation efforts in each respective organisations.
During our Q&A session, we also invited Mr. Hung Doan Viet of Alibaba Cloud to join in the robust discussion with our panellists and attendees.
WINNERS ANNOUNCEMENT: DC2022 & PARTNER AWARDS
The ICDL Asia Digital Challenge is an annual student competition that invites secondary and tertiary school students in Asia to compete and demonstrate how digital skills can be applied in this new digital economy.
Over 1000 students participated in this year’s challenge, and we invited three contestants to share with the audience on their experience and how the competition has impacted them. Check out the students who emerged as the winners of the Digital Challenge 2022.
Each year, ICDL Asia honours our partners who play a pivotal role in the implementation of ICDL around Asia and supporting our candidates in the acquisition of digital skills. We introduced the new ICDL Asia Partner Awards 2022 and announced its winners.
Lastly, we would like to thank our sponsors, Alibaba Cloud, Enterprise Ireland, Siemens, Skillsbox and our host university, National Economics University for supporting our event.
Do check out our Facebook for more photos of the event. See you again in #DLDay2023!
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