IBM 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 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.
To 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.
The 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.
One 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 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.
The 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.
Singapore 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.
NEW 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.
The 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.
Malaysia 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.