With First Code Academy, a founder gave up her dream job to prepare kids for the future, from HK

Hong KongTo many, having a dream job can keep one motivated through the daily grind. For the rare few who manage to attain their dream jobs, they tend to cling to them for their dear lives. Michelle Sun, however, became an outlier when she left her position as growth hacker at Buffer to establish a Hong Kong-based coding school for kids called First Code Academy.

https://www.techinasia.com/first-code-academy-founder-dream-job/

University of Santo Tomas pilots cloud program

PhilippinesThe University of Santo Tomas in the Philippines has joined the NetSuiteAcademy Program to offer hands-on education in cloud technology. The program is designed to bring cloud-based business management solutions to university classrooms. It offers no-cost licensing, resources and training to help schools equip students with the next-generation cloud IT and business skills prized by today’s employers.

http://www.networksasia.net/article/university-santo-tomas-pilots-cloud-program.1425407777

Alibaba and top Chinese university launch new education portal for MOOCs

ChinaOne of China’s most highly regarded universities has partnered with the country’s biggest ecommerce company to create a new website for massive open online courses, or MOOCs. The generically named Chinese MOOCs was just launched by Peking University and Alibaba as schools around the country begin their new semesters following the Chinese New Year holiday (h/t to TechNode).

https://www.techinasia.com/alibaba-and-peking-university-launch-chinese-moocs/

Singapore startup Skoolbo out to boost education for millions worldwide

SingaporeSINGAPORE startup Skoolbo said its game-based education platform, which runs on Microsoft Corp’s Azure PaaS (Platform-as-a-Service) offering, has reached more than five million students in 22,000 schools globally over the past 12 months. Skoolbo aims to improve learning experiences, particularly in English and Mathematics, among children aged four to 10, Microsoft said in a statement.

https://www.digitalnewsasia.com/startups/singapore-startup-skoolbo-out-to-boost-education-for-millions-worldwide

Malaysia education ICT should be decentralised to schools, researchers say

MalaysiaThe Malaysian government should give schools greater freedom to tailor the use of ICT for their teaching needs, a new research paper says. “Enhance managerial autonomy for government schools to empower them to take control of the implementation process of ICT”, says the paper by Malaysian think tank Institute for Democracy and Economic Affairs.

http://www.futuregov.asia/articles/6218-malaysia-education-ict-should-be-decentralised-to-schools-researchers-say

New SkillsFuture portal to assess and match employees’ skills

SingaporeSingapore is building a portal for people to assess their skills, and match them with jobs and training courses. The web site, Individual Learning Portfolio (ILP), is a part of the SkillsFuture initiatives by the Workforce Development Agency to allow people to update their skills throughout their careers. The web site will be available in stages from 2017.

http://www.futuregov.asia/articles/6208-new-skillsfuture-portal-to-assess-and-match-employees-skills

Government, education projects to help India tablet market grow in 2015: IDC

IndiaNEW DELHI: Large government and education projects, coupled with re-entry of older players in consumer segment, are expected to help the tablet PC market in India post single digit growth this year, research firm IDC said.  The tablet market in India, which saw a correction post the introduction of BIS regulation in July 2013, closed at 3.5 million at the end of December 2014, a decline of 15 per cent over 2013.

http://economictimes.indiatimes.com/tech/hardware/government-education-projects-to-help-india-tablet-market-grow-in-2015-idc/articleshow/46384210.cms

Professor Bao Chau nurtures Vietnamese young talent

VietnamThe building that houses the club located at BT 41 villas, waterfront Nam Tuan Chau. Villa was a gift from Dao Hong Tuyen – Chairman Tuan Chau, which was donated with the understanding it would be used for the club and other community uses. Professor Ngo Bao Chau’s hope is that it will develop into a place for young scientists to interact with leading national and international scientists. At the same time, he wants it to become a place where students can learn to flap their wings and fly.

http://english.vietnamnet.vn/fms/science-it/123810/professor-bao-chau-nurtures-vietnamese-young-talent.html

Malaysia opens digital library to encourage ICT use

MalaysiaMalaysia has opened up a digital library in Perlis state as part of the government’s digital economy agenda. People will be able to use tablets and choose from around 4300 e-books in English, Bahasa Melayu and Chinese. There will also be e-magazines and e-newspapers. A separate Kids Zone will have content for children. The digital library supports the government’s Digital Malaysia agenda to improve information access and build an ICT-driven economy by 2020.

http://www.futuregov.asia/articles/6068-malaysia-opens-digital-library-to-encourage-ict-use

New Zealand faces important Novopay test

The New Zealand government is urging schools to get in early on their start of year admin, in an effort to avoid another round mispayments from the national teacher payroll system, Novopay. The Novopay failure – New Zealand’s answer to the Queensland Health payroll disaster – has been causing trouble for schools since the system first hit the rocks in September 2012.

http://www.itnews.com.au/News/399460,new-zealand-faces-important-novopay-test.aspx

Indonesia wants to replace school textbooks with tablets

Indonesia’s Ministry of Education is looking to replace textbooks with tablets in its schooling system. It intends to start by piloting the approach in outlying frontier towns, where pupils are most disadvantaged. Textbooks are more vulnerable to wear and tear than tablets, and are costly to distribute, the department believes.

http://www.futuregov.asia/articles/6000-indonesia-wants-to-replace-school-textbooks-with-tablets

Indonesian students in remote areas will soon receive tablets to replace textbooks

Indonesia has more than 50 million students who need to be educated by about 3 million teachers in the public school system, according to Anies Baswedan, the nation’s minister of education and culture. When a population is as large as Indonesia’s, an important and expensive item on the academic docket is providing textbooks, both used and new.

https://www.techinasia.com/indonesia-education-textbooks-ebooks-esabak/

3.7 million students to use eBooks, from IN

The Indian state of Kerala is introducing e-textbooks for its schools. The ‘Digital Collaborative Textbooks’ will feature multimedia content – including audio and video, along with scanned content from existing textbooks. More than 100,000 teachers and 3.7 million students will use the new digital textbooks from June, according to A Shahjahan, Secretary of the Department of General Education (DGE). This is the first roll-out of its kinds in India’s public school system.

http://www.futuregov.asia/articles/5966-7-million-students-to-use-ebooks

Acer unveils smart classrooms in China

Smart classrooms with hardware and software provided by Taiwan-based vendor Acer were unveiled in a primary school in Chongqing, western China, on December 25, with Acer founder Stan Shih and chairman George Huang attending the ceremony, according to Acer. Such smart classrooms are equipped with Acer projectors and other devices, allowing teachers and students to use tablets in an interactive education environment based on Acer-developed Build Your Own Cloud (BYOC) cloud computing platform, the vendor said.

http://www.digitimes.com/news/a20141226PD205.html

Indonesian students to use enterprise-grade productivity tools for e-learning

An Indonesian university has improved its campus’ e-learning portal by integrating a suite of cloud-based enterprise-grade productivity and communication services from Microsoft. The Universitas Gadjah Mada (UGM), one of Indonesia’s largest universities with 60,000 students, has chosen to adopt Office 365 for Education because it provides students with access to productivity tools that are commonly used in the workplace.

http://www.futuregov.asia/articles/5888-indonesian-students-to-use-enterprise-grade-productivity-tools-for-e-learning

India launches digital education drive

The Indian Government is planning an online education platform and equipping its classrooms with WiFi, the Ministry of Human Resource Development said. The government is creating a platform, known as Swayam, to host massive open online courses (MOOCs), said Amita Sharma, Advisor to the ministry. It has also started work to get WiFi to classrooms, she said.

http://www.futuregov.asia/articles/5760-india-launches-digital-education-drive

Oracle Signs MoU with ICT Academy of Kerala to help students develop IT skills

ICT Academy of Kerala (ICTAK) and Oracle have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to implement Oracle Academy’s computer science programs across 60 institutes in the state of Kerala over the next two years. As part of this initiative, Oracle Academy software curriculum, hosted technology, training, support and certification resources are expected to be made available to students and faculty.  Additionally, 120 faculty members are scheduled to undergo training to help put 6000 students on the pathway to future IT careers.

http://economictimes.indiatimes.com/tech/ites/oracle-signs-mou-with-ict-academy-of-kerala-to-help-students-develop-it-skills/articleshow/45220844.cms

Indonesian edtech startup HarukaEdu raises series A funding from CyberAgent Ventures

HarukaEdu, an Indonesian startup focused on online education, announced a series A investment of an undisclosed amount from Japan-based CyberAgent Ventures earlier today. The company released a statement saying that the new funds will be used to recruit team members necessary for the development of HarukaEdu’s infrastructure, featured courses, and online training.

https://www.techinasia.com/harukaedu-series-a-funding-news-cyberagent-ventures-indonesia/

Zuckerberg named to board of influential Beijing business school

BEIJING: China’s Tsinghua University School of Economics and Management has added three western business heavyweights to its advisory council, including Mark Zuckerberg, the Facebook Inc founder who has long sought to enter the Chinese market where his social network is currently banned.  Zuckerberg — who was named to the board along with Virginia Rometty, the IBM chief executive, and Anheuser-Busch InBev SA CEO Carlos Brito — will attend the business school’s annual board meeting in Beijing on Friday, Facebook said.

http://www.thestar.com.my/Tech/Tech-News/2014/10/20/Zuckerberg-among-industry-chiefs-named-to-board-of-influential-Beijing-business-school/

Southern Cross Uni signs Huawei for high-speed makeover

Chinese telecommunications giant Huawei has picked up a five-year deal to give Southern Cross University’s campus networks a high-speed overhaul. Under the terms of the deal, Huawei will upgrade four SCU campuses with network equipment to make way for a high-definition video-conferencing and IP telephony services. It will also lead to co-operative research projects between Huawei’s Chinese campus and the university.

http://www.itnews.com.au/News/396668,southern-cross-uni-signs-huawei-for-high-speed-makeover.aspx