Do you still remember the Dewey-Decimal-System, typewriters, and old-school methods back in our high school days? As much as we use modern methods nowadays, some public schools still use the old systems.
Today, we see industry focus and concern on reliable connectivity, seamless collaboration, relevant content , and smart devices. However, there are currently 250,000 ICT professionals in the Asia-Pacific (APAC) region that have skills gap that will even grow to 400,000 in the next few years.
Digital Campus Suite
In this light, telecommunications firm PLDT, through its business unit PLDT SME Nation, has launched together with global IT giant Microsoft Philippines a new service package called the Digital Campus Suite that will enable students and academes access to online learning programs and to earn IT certifications for critical iT skills that are now in-demand in today’s digitally driven industries.
“Technology is not the goal; technology will support the goal“
Through the Digital Campus Suite, schools will have high-speed connectivity with PLDT myDSL Biz or iGate, and online access to training courses of the Microsoft IT Academy Program.
Educators and students will have access to Microsoft’s digital curriculum and earn IT certifications in the Microsoft IT Academy Programfor fundamental technology skills as well as courses that enable students to become more competitive for employment.
Schools will also receive licenses to Microsoft Office 365 to help students and teachers interact and teach using Cloud tools and platforms. All powered by PLDT SME Nation & Smart’s broadband solutions. The value proposition focuses on providing bandwidth tailored to school’s needs.
“We at PLDT are confident that this partnership can significantly contribute to enriching the digital content of Philippine education. By enabling Schools through these programs, we are helping them, both educator and student, to gain new critical skills and learn IT courses with globally competitive technology programs that have become essential in today’s digital work place,” said PLDT Chairman Manuel V. Pangilinan.
The suite also includes laptops, tablets, and WiFi access points in the campus for the use of students for their over-all digital education experience.
A study conducted by International Data Corporation (lDC) also revealed that increased spending on IT cloud serVices will open up an estimated 14 million new jobs worldwide. The same report also noted that there IS an apparent “widening ICT professional skills gap” and a “shortage of skills” in the Asia Pacific Region.
Academe Collaboration to Create a Digital Campus
PLDT SME Nation has been very active in partnering with schools and learning institutions to build their technology an connectivity resources in support of the education sector’s need to improve ICT learning among the students and academe.
‘This initiative fully aligns with PLDT SME Nation 5 efforts to empower the future generation with an ICT-enabled education system. ICT skills are no longer just added value ti employment but are now necessities in today’s business and entrepreneurial landscape. This initiative will allow these students to become adept in basic ICT skills and IT programs to Prepare them for their chosen careers,” said PLDT FVP and Head of SME Business Kat Luna Abelarde.
This partnership is seen to bridge that widening skills and education gap by empowering Filipino Students the tools and knowledge to be able to compete and gain advantage in today’s job market.
“An educated population is what we need to build a progressive Philippine economy, but we can’t educate tomorrow’s leaders with tools from the past,” said Microsoft Philippines General Manager Karrie llagan. “The increasingly competitive workplace is being driven by technology and digital literacy, and the Digital Campus Suite gives educators and students access to tools that will build their capability to excel in that environment. We always strive to effect a positive change in the lives of our customers, and our partnership with PLDT SME Nation helps us create a bigger impact on all aspects of education.“
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Kudos to PLDT and Microsoft Philippines in this Digital Campus Suite effort in bringing the Philippine learning system into the global arena.