WITH the strides of technology leapfrogging the availability of manpower, sustaining the world’s digital future requires rapidly developing ICT talent.
This was essentially the message of Huawei’s Catherine Chen, Corporate Senior Vice President and Director of the Board, at the Better World Summit 2020 in Shenzhen, China. According to Chen, telecom regulators across many nations and industries must work together to address the shared challenges that have emerged as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic which may have disrupted the global economy, slowing down movement, exchange of goods but not the exchange of ideas, creativity, curiosity and socialization.
"To revive the economy, we need top-down designs, as well as bottom-up creativity and vitality. Supporting government policies coupled with active digital transformation across the industry will bring the benefits of digital technology to all industries, boost their efficiency, and restore growth,” Chen commented.
Since the pandemic rapid fired the world into digitalizing, it is clear that the ICT sector must respond to the need to sustain and maintain it. Many digital services providers like video streaming, Cloud platforms, SaaS, data centers and connectivity services grew many times over.
according to the International Telecommunication Union (ITU), over half of the world's population still does not have Internet access nor access to other digital technologies. As economies across countries slow, governments grow increasingly concerned with economic recovery strategies.
"We envision a more connected, intelligent, and innovative future. Above all else, we must ensure this is an inclusive, sustainable, and better future by all, for all,” Chen said.
As more countries and regions successfully implement infection control measures to slow the spread of COVID-19, economic activity in certain countries has begun to return to normal. Multiple governments have launched a variety of stimulus plans, and ICT invariably has held a key place in these plans.
"Huawei’s flagship Seeds for the Future program, launched in 2008, was designed to develop local ICT talent. So far, this program has benefited more than 30,000 students from over 400 universities in 108 countries and regions, including the Philippines. Due to the pandemic, we are moving the program online and opening it up to more outstanding students than ever before. As more industries adopt digital technologies, they will drive the United Nation's 2030 Strategic Development Goals, especially those related to climate change,” Chen concluded.
MAPÚA University follows through on its commitment to Outcomes-Based Education (OBE) by implementing yet another approach to ensure the attainment of students’ intended academic outcomes through Modular Course Delivery.
The Modular System employs a granular delivery of courses. A module is defined as a component of the main course that can stand alone. Each module has its own design, outcomes, and assessment method. In place of the traditional course delivery, students now take two to three outcomes-based modules in a course per quarter, ensuring attainment of desired knowledge and outcomes.
A Modularized Course ensures learning goals are met by its students before moving on to the next and more advanced topics of a course. This new set-up is learner focused, which enables higher frequency of feedback. With an Outcomes-Based Grading System, modular courses provide students expanded opportunities, or multiple chances to complete the modules and pass their courses.
Understanding the Module System
The new approach offers courses in two to three outcomes-based modules. A three-unit course is equivalent to three course modules, while a two-unit course is equivalent to two course modules. Students will be given ample time to complete each module. For a three-unit course, Module 1 is assigned from weeks 1 to 4 of the quarter, Module 2 from weeks 5 to 8, and Module 3 from weeks 9 to 11. On the other hand, a two-unit course’s Module 1 will be taken from weeks 1 to 6 and Module 2 from weeks 7 to 11. A grade will be given at the end of each four- to six-week module. The final course grade will be determined from the module grade average.
For an unsuccessful module, a student will get an “In Progress” (IP) grade. A student with an IP grade in modules 1 or 2 in a 3-unit course or module 1 in a 2-unit course can do multiple attempts to convert the grade into a passing mark within the quarter using completion modules in Cardinal EDGE. Assuming a student passes at least 1 module, IP grades in other modules can further be converted the following term, with no additional cost to the student.
Features and additional benefits
The new setup boasts the following features: (1) it follows the principles of outcomes-based learning where each module ensures attainment of desired outcomes; (2) OBE grading system allows for expanded opportunities to pass modules within a course; (3) an independent grading system where students will be given a mark based on their performance per module, meaning if a student passes at least one module in a course, he will only need to repeat the modules he failed to pass and not the whole course; (4) the course can be implemented in a one-faculty-per-module or team-teaching mode, allowing specific modules to be taught according to expertise; and (5) it offers time-flexible and self-paced remedial modules, which will be conducted online so students can take them simultaneously with advanced course modules.
Mapúa's OBE approach and extensive digital education has defined the University blended learning delivery for years. This has helped the institution in adapting and innovating with new strategies for teaching and learning. It has also helped in making its full transition to remote learning easier for its educators and students during the pandemic and to share its expertise with other private and public higher education institutions through tie-ups with the country’s Commission on Higher Education (CHED).
THE latest IDC InfoBrief, Reimagining the Future of Learning in the Digital Era, which was commissioned by PC maker Lenovo revealed how the technological transformation of the education sector has accelerated during COVID-19, highlighting the importance of intelligent technologies to deliver quality education, mitigate health risks, and build student resilience.
For many educational institutions, the mass migration into distributed, online learning during the pandemic was launched very quickly, without the opportunity for change management processes and operational best practices. This resulted in education institutions recognizing the critical need for a well-coordinated and structured approach to ensure digital accessibility, curated content quality, enhanced student learning experiences and support for educators and administrators. However, with almost one third of education institutions in Asia Pacific expecting their budget to fall by 10 to 20 percent, and a quarter anticipating a bigger drop of 20 to 49 percent, education institutions are confronted to rethink their future strategies for digital transformation.
The Asia Pacific education landscape in the next normal
Accelerating digital transformation in the ‘next normal’ of Asia Pacific’s education landscape is essential amid the emergence of several challenges in the next normal. Even with some careful easing of restrictions in some markets where circumstances remain dynamic and ever-changing.
Educational institutions face the challenge of maintaining a delicate balance between pre-COVID-19 normalcy and protecting students’ health. For curriculums that cannot be replicated virtually, such as engineering and medical courses, educational institutions have to adopt smarter ways to simulate the physical learning experience, without compromising the health and safety of students. This is also a need to ensure a digital learning ecosystem where students, regardless of family income, geographical location and age group, will continue having access to these materials.
Having a distributed learning strategy that taps on smarter technology is essential and critical for education institutions to remain agile and be prepared for unpredictability. According to the IDC InfoBrief, 35 percent of institutions are turning their focus to strengthening their software capabilities, 30 percent arelooking to invest in cyber security solutions to ensure online safety for students, and 20 percent of institutions want to improve operational efficiency. Clearly, accelerating digital transformation and adopting intelligent digital tools are pivotal to helping education institutions ensure that learning continues, while empowering students to build the skills needed for the future workforce.
Lenovo’s role in the smarter way forward for education
With almost half facing looming budget cuts, education institutions need to find smarter technologies to accelerate digital transformation, and to do so in a smarter way by leveraging educational solutions. This enables the school IT to focus less on fixing random and time-consuming IT glitches.
By collaborating with leading software developers, Lenovo offers holistic and smarter education solutions that are designed to protect the software and hardware used for distributed learning, such as SentinelOne, a next-generation antivirus software that proactively identifies and blocks malicious activities amid a growing number of cyber threats. Security is also secured through FileWave, a multi-platform and unified endpoint management system that offers complete client management capabilities for both Windows and macOS computers, and protects against unauthorized access.
Lenovo’s smarter solutions for education also allow for students and educators to thrive in their day-to-day experiences. The Veative Home Study application, for instance, is a web-based learning library with over 500 lessons, that provides virtual reality experiences and assessments on Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM).
Students also have the opportunity to exercise their creativity using the suite of six creativity tools on their Chromebooks to create videos, podcasts, art, books and so on. Teachers too can create creative projects through these ready-to-use apps that promote interactive learning.
“We have entered the next phase of what is likely to be a multi-phase pandemic, where the education landscape still remains extremely fluid. In this dynamic environment, learning has to continue even if students and teachers are physically apart. Educators and institutions have the opportunity to take advantage of transformative technology, such as Lenovo’s smart education solutions, which will enable them to stay agile and equip students with the necessary 21st century skills for the future workforce,” said Michael Ngan, President & General Manager, Lenovo Philippines.
"COVID-19 has digitally accelerated online learning into full-production learning ecosystems for many K-12 and tertiary institutions. These institutions should not let this crisis go to waste, as the pandemic offers new opportunities to explore technological and organizational innovations.
New edutech use cases in teaching, administrative systems automation, and charting new learning experiences for students are just some examples of edutech challenges that educators most probably did not have the resources or operational contexts to explore fully before," shares Gerald Wang, Head of Public Sector at IDC Asia/Pacific.
"Care must be taken to ensure the digitally displaced are not excluded from essential education services, especially at k-12 or compulsory education levels,” Wang added.
For more insights, read the IDC InfoBrief, Reimagining the Future of Learning in the Digital Era.
Six country roadshow focuses on datacentre redesign and hybrid cloud innovation
Manila, PHILLIPINES, November 21, 2019 – Enterprise cloud OS leader, Nutanix (NASDAQ: NTNX) has announced that its .NEXT On Tour ASEAN 2019 roadshow will include Philippines – the first time the country is hosting the flagship event. The expanded whistle-stop tour will now cover six countries, including Philippines, to compliment the company’s traditional markets - Indonesia, Malaysia, Singapore and Thailand.
.NEXT bring together developers, IT leaders and technology visionaries to share the latest in enterprise cloud, datacentre technologies, and edge applications. It is the industry’s one-stop source for information and inspiration on the latest in IT technologies and trends in cloud, datacentre and DevOps.
This year’s conference theme ‘One platform. Any app. Your multi-cloud.’ showcases the Nutanix vision for ASEAN’s digital enterprises: a software-defined enterprise future, where infrastructure, applications and clouds converge on a single platform – removing the silos and inefficiencies that accompany traditional infrastructure.
The tour combines key content and discussions to customers and partners as Nutanix continues its 10th anniversary celebrations.
“Staying relevant in turbulent times is key for Philippines businesses, as they look to overcome the challenges and demands of today’s fast changing, data-centric, digital business environment,” said Neville Vincent, Vice President, South Asia Pacific at Nutanix.
As cloud complexity and clutter rises, balancing business needs is consuming more and more resources. Meanwhile, staying ahead of developments and knowing where and whom to turn is becoming harder.
“We are bringing global best practices and innovation right to the door of our local customers - providing reassurance and clarity in an increasingly complex world,” added Vincent. “The Philippines is evolving rapidly and poised to become one of the most dynamic countries in the region. As the country builds its future digital economy, Nutanix will be there to help ensure the technology foundations will help Philippines maximise the benefits for all its citizens.”
Participants will have exclusive access to insights and discussions, as well as practical and hands-on experience with experts. They’ll also learn how to optimise their organisations by redesigning and modernising their datacentres and ultimately transform the way they operate. Focus areas for the events will include:
The .NEXT On Tour ASEAN 2019, will also be an occasion for Nutanix to celebrate its 10th anniversary. The enterprise cloud OS leader has come a long way over the past decade. It is widely recognised as the global leader in, and pioneer of, hyperconverged infrastructure, developing the market from a simple concept. Its innovation has not stopped there, Nutanix is now a driving force behind hybrid cloud.
After the Philippines, the .NEXT On Tour ASEAN 2019 will be in the following cities:
For event registration and more details, please refer to www.next-nutanix.com/asean/.
GLOBAL cybersecurity solutions provider Fortinet announced recently it continues to lead the way on training and education in the company’s ongoing efforts to close the cyber security skills gap by rolling out even further expanded training and education initiatives. Recent additions to the company’s education and training programming includes additional Fortinet Network Security Expert (NSE) Institute cloud certifications and the offering of its cyber security awareness training –at no cost – for individuals or organizations seeking to deploy a cyber security awareness training program.
The cyber skills gap
A 2019 Gartner survey shows the global talent shortage is now the top emerging risk facing organizations. The expansion of the digital marketplace has generated more jobs than the current supply of security professionals can meet. A problem of scale; there is currently not an efficient way to create skilled security practitioners at the same rate. Unfortunately, there are not enough skilled humans available to properly plan, manage, integrate, and optimize security devices, strategies, and protocols. For example, according to a recent workforce development survey, 59% of organizations have unfilled cybersecurity positions, with Frost & Sullivan forecasting a shortfall of 1.5 million by 2020.
Fortinet continues commitment to bridge the cyber skills gap
In today’s global cybersecurity threat landscape, education is crucial to the success of organizations. Creating and executing a strategy with a wide scope can be a daunting task, but this is precisely the mandate and strategy of the Fortinet NSE Institute.
The Fortinet NSE Institute was created to provide broad-based training that arms participants with a foundational understanding of the threat landscape, as well as the cyber security fundamentals and skills to implement strategies and technical concepts that are in high demand.While the Institute’s flagship NSE Training and Certification program has issued nearly 200,000 certifications, it is equally focused on education programs such as the Fortinet Network Security Academy program for high schools, colleges and universities, the FortiVets program that facilitates the transition of exceptional military veterans into the cybersecurity industry by providing professional networking, training, and mentoring, as well as free publicly available awareness training that can be accessed by any company wishing to deploy an internal cyber security awareness program for employees.
Cyber security training & education milestones:
· There are now over 140 academies in more than 50 different countries.
· Fortinet has provided nearly 200,000 NSE certifications, building a skilled workforce that will be recognized in the industry as an elite group of security professionals.
· The company recently made public cyber security awareness trainings NSE 1 and 2, whereby these free offerings are now available to the public at large. For example, any Security Operations (SecOps) team seeking to deploy a cyber security awareness training program now has an easy and no cost way to get started.
· Fortinet introduced the NSE 7 Cloud certification, consisting of two training courses, “Public Cloud Security” and “Private Cloud Security,” and are both being offered as part of the training schedule at this year’s Fortinet Accelerate conference, held in Orlando from April 8 – 11, 2019.
· During the past year, the number of NSE8 certifications awarded has doubled, a certification designation that identifies a candidate’s comprehensive knowledge of network security design, configuration, and troubleshooting for complex networks.
· The Fortinet Fast Track Program, launched at the company’s 2018 Accelerate conference, now has over 8,000 participating partners.
· There has been an average of 300 – 600 student sessions around the world per week, based on recent company data.
“This unprecedented shortage in the cyber security workforce has resulted in security operations teams who are over worked and understaffed and it continues to benefit our cyber adversaries. Fortinet is more than a technology company; we’re also a learning organization. Fortinet is dedicated to closing the cyber skills gap and goes well beyond providing training on products and solutions as part of our commitment to deliver a response to the growing global cybersecurity threat.” - Ken Xie, Founder, Chairman of the Board, and CEO at Fortinet.
Addressing the skills gap at scale
In addition to the established company-led training and education programs, a comprehensive training and education strategy must include strategic partnerships within government, academia and NGOs, such as Fortinet’s strategic relationships with organization such as the World Economic Forum (WEF) and its Centre for Cybersecurity, the Global Threat Alliance, CompTIA, and various university research programs. Fortinet will continue its efforts to broadly and globally collaborate, innovate and develop powerful global solutions to reduce global cyberattacks, contain current and future cyberattacks, and deter cybercrime.
· Find out more information about our FortiVets program.
Fortinet (NASDAQ: FTNT) secures the largest enterprise, service provider, and government organizations around the world. Fortinet empowers its customers with intelligent, seamless protection across the expanding attack surface and the power to take on ever-increasing performance requirements of the borderless network - today and into the future. Only the Fortinet Security Fabric architecture can deliver security without compromise to address the most critical security challenges, whether in networked, application, cloud, or mobile environments. Fortinet ranks #1 in the most security appliances shipped worldwide and more than 385,000 customers trust Fortinet to protect their businesses. Learn more at http://www.fortinet.com, the Fortinet Blog, or FortiGuard Labs.
Proves that STEM Education can Pave the Way for the Future
Executives and representatives of Emerson Philippines together with the coach and students of Adamson University, the grand winner of the 2nd Emerson Innovation Challenge.
Manila, Philippines—Students from the Adamson University emerged as winners of Emerson Philippines’ 2nd Innovation Challenge. The announcement was made after the Emerson Philippines Innovation Rally 2019 held at the Henry Sy Sr. Innovation Center at the Miriam College in Quezon City. The competition was between representatives of different universities, namely: Adamson University, Asia Pacific College, Bulacan State University, Mapua University, Polytechnic University of the Philippines, Technological Institute of the Philippines, and University of Santo Tomas.
This year’s theme, Digital Transformation, stressed the importance of empowering changemakers among today’s youth in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) education. The students were tasked to create applications that will help spur innovation, taking the country a step closer to digital progress.
Adamson University’s project entitled Project ISDA (IoT System for Dissolve Oxygen Monitoring and Analytics) stood out among the seven participating prototypes. Project ISDA is a decision support tool for fish pond farmers to prevent mass fish kills. The system is composed of sensor nodes anchored in strategic places inside the fish pond/cage. Each sensor node is capable of sending temperature and dissolve oxygen data through its sensor to a base station to monitor the water quality.
Prior to the judging and awarding, on August 23, 2019, Emerson Philippines led the STEM Camp at Miriam College, providing workshops through which the participants could gain supplementary learning to support each team’s development of their project prototypes. The result was a wide array of tech innovations.
Worldwide, Emerson has been at the forefront of initiatives to inspire and empower the next generation of professionals specializing in STEM. STEM has the two-fold function of supporting change and driving economic growth in the future. In line with the corporate goal of making the world a better place, Emerson Philippines designed the Innovation Challenge that puts young minds to the test to address today’s most complex and pressing issues.
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