How one computer can go from Alibaba’s office to a classroom in rural China

ChinaTech in Asia — Companies like Alibaba burn through computers. Every few years, it’s in with the new and out with the old laptops, desktops, monitors, and digital miscellany. But between sitting in the company’s cozy Hangzhou offices and getting disassembled in an electronics recycling plant, many of those computers take an unexpected detour – and spend a few years in poorly funded schools throughout China.

Infosys, TCS invest in Barack Obama’s ‘Computer Science for All’ plan

IndiaTimes of India — NEW DELHI: India’s top software exporters have joined the likes of Google and Salesforce to support US President Barack Obama’s just announced $4-billion ‘Computer Science for All’ initiative that aims to dramatically increase the number of children with access to computer science training in the US and build a more technologically advanced nation.

Hong Kong’s GirlSpark Camp inspires women to pursue careers in ICT

Hong KongEnterprise Innovation — Following the success of Microsoft’s GirlSpark Camp in Hong Kong in the past two years, the third edition was held this year  in collaboration with The Women’s Foundation and Ivey Business School.  The goal was to inspire talented female university students from seven universities studying different disciplines to join the ICT industry.

Acer wins open bid for 4-year educational Chrome OS Solution procurement

TaiwanDigi Times — Acer on December 29 announced that it has won a 4-year NT$150 million (US$4.57 million) procurement contract for Chrome OS Solutions for education in an open bid held by the government of Yilan County, northeastern Taiwan. The procurement consists of more than 2,500 15.6-inch Chromebook notebooks, more than 800 Chromebox desktops, business-use PCs and screens as well as hardware/software integration and management systems, Acer said.

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.,hp-lenovo-land-250m-nsw-education-deal.aspx

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.,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.

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.