52% of Indian consumers ‘un-networked’: Study

IndiaTimes of India — NEW DELHI: India has about 52% of consumers who spend the least amount of time on the internet even as 56% of them say it’s easier to find products and services online than through friends and family, a study by Swedish telecom gear-maker Ericsson said. According to a study by Ericsson ConsumerLab, 52% are in the un-networked group, one that carves out the least number of hours for the internet.


Myanmar’s first civic education app launches

MyanmarThe application is based on five concepts – citizenship, democracy, elections, rule of law and peace, developers told The Myanmar Times. Its name – New Niti – is based on the Pali word for “knowledge” or “wisdom”, said Angelika Kahlos, project manager for civil society group OneWorld.


McKinsey opens Digital Campus in Singapore

SingaporeMcKinsey & Company has inaugurated the McKinsey Digital Campus in Singapore, which aims to help enterprises in Asia stay competitive in a digital age. A first of its kind for McKinsey in Asia, the Digital Campus brings together McKinsey’s global capabilities in digital strategy and technology, advanced data and analytics, and rapid prototyping, tapping into the knowledge of over 850 digital experts from across 30 countries, including designers, user experience experts, data scientists and agile developers.


GreenClouds: Making education accessible for all with cloud-based innovations

IndiaDeal Street Asia — On the one hand, India is a hotbed for technological innovations with tech start-ups mushrooming across the country and unicorns such as Flipkart giving a tough battle to global giants like Amazon. On the other, educational institutions, barring a few elite and premier ones, are still struggling to make their presence felt online.


Is ASEAN’s education system future-ready?

APACMIS Asia — At the recent “ASEAN Economic Community Post-2015 Agenda: Challenges for Integration” policy dialogue, opening speaker Naoyuki Yoshino, Dean of the Asian Development Bank Institute, noted that “while ASEAN education systems are generally sound, overall standards and capabilities need to be greatly improved”.


Digital Campus hopes to promote innovation in Malaysian education

MalaysiaMIS Asia — Malaysia’s Digital Campus 2015 is an ASEAN edition that puts the emphasis on being creators rather than consumers, said the organisers Eduspec Holdings and Youth On Unity (Y.O.U.).  Malays an educational solutions company Eduspec Holdings’ chief executive officer E H Lim said Digital Campus (DC), which is returning for the second year, is a platform for Malaysian youths to learn and develop their creativity and innovation via digital education and in turn, apply that knowledge to real life.


TCS donates $35 million to Carnegie Mellon

IndiaTimes of India — WASHINGTON: Twice on either side of 1900, Jamsetji Tata traveled to the United States, looking for technologies that would put steel in India’s industrial frame. In America, Andrew Carnegie had “been there, done that” with regards to steel and was divesting some of his fortune into philanthropy, endowing $1 million for a technology school that would eventually become Carnegie Mellon University (CMU).


NIIT Brings ‘Cloud Campus’ E-Learning To China

IndiaRTN Asia — NIIT has launched its remote or e-learning service in China, with support for Mandarin. China is one of NIIT’s biggest markets, and Cloud Campus is a solution that enables remote learning. The solution enables students to learn from the best teachers irrespective of their geographical location. They can also get hands-on practice through lab exercises in machine rooms at the NIIT centers.


peerTransfer to Open Operations in China

ChinaMarket Wire — SHANGHAI, CHINA and BOSTON, MA — peerTransfer, the leading provider of global payment solutions for the education industry, announced today that it has submitted an application in China to open operations in China. The firm will be based in Shanghai and operate as PingFuFei Commercial Consultancy Limited Company.


India’s digital project focuses on education

IndiaBlouin News — Last week, India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi launched the Digital India campaign — a huge project aimed at bringing India onto the global scene of infrastructure design and IT innovation, and boosting technology projects that will encourage the next generation to invest in technology across all verticals: health-based initiatives, education, enterprise projects, cloud, and big data. Modi’s goal is to make India a digitally-empowered economy.


Digital India huge opportunity for health, education: Anil Agarwal

IndiaEconomic Times — NEW DELHI: Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s ‘Digital India’ drive will open up huge opportunities in health and education for rural areas, creating a large number of jobs, billionaire Anil Agarwal said today. Agarwal, who heads the mining giant Vedanta Resources Plc, is the Non-Executive Chairman of Sterlite Technologies Ltd (STL) which is involved majorly in laying the optical fibre network to connect 2.5 lakh gram panchyats.


SAP-NUS collaboration to help students prepare for the digital economy, from SG

SingaporeSAP and the National University of Singapore (NUS) have signed an agreement to help enterprises and students become better positioned in today’s digital economy. SAP and NUS will take part in joint activities to support the further understanding of information processes and their applications to the transformation of enterprises. This new agreement builds on existing collaborations initiated several years ago, on enterprise resource planning technologies and applications.


IBM and Asia Pacific University in next-gen workforce collaboration

MalaysiaIBM Malaysia and the Asia Pacific University of Technology & Innovation (APU) have announced an academic collaboration to develop what they said would be the “next generation of technology-savvy graduates.” The two parties will share skills, best practices and knowledge, IBM Malaysia said in a statement. In 2011, APU – via IBM’s Academic Initiative – began to embed IBM Rational software in the courses taught in its Faculty of Computing, Engineering and Technology.


HP, Lenovo land $250m NSW education deal, from AU

AustraliaHP and Lenovo will share in a $250 million desktop, notebook and tablet contract for the NSW Department of Education & Communities (DEC). Each PC maker has secured a $125 million deal with DEC, set to run until the end of 2017, with the option of two one-year extensions. The supply panel spans 2200 NSW public schools with 750,000 students, plus 130 TAFE campuses across NSW with 500,000 students. Public schools must buy from the panel, but TAFEs have discretion to purchase from other state contract suppliers.


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.


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.


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).


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.


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.


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.