I remember when I was a college student; time is the most difficult thing to give whenever there is a group work. Back then I use to study and work at the same time making time with friends is off the list since I’m living my life between school and my work place. During my time, exchanging paper-works were made easy with the use of technology like email and as such, but the downside of this process is that you need to be in close contact with your group mate and keep them updated on the changes.
Things were different nowadays, innovation was evident and a growing nation demands a top-notch employee equipped with the latest knowledge and skills. Because of this demand a leading multi-media provider (PLDT, through its business unit PLDT SME NATION) stood up to bridge technology and education; collaboration at its finest along with a global IT giant Microsoft Philippines launches a new service package called the Digital Campus Suite that will enable students and academes access to online learning programs and to earn IT (information technology) certifications for critical IT skills that are now in-demand in today’s digitally driven industries.
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 student will have access to Microsoft’s digital curriculum and earn IT certifications in the Microsoft IT Academy Program for 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.
The suite also includes laptops, tablet, and WiFi access points in the campus for the use of students for their over-all digital education experience. Encouraging schools to adapt the same kind of environment –digital environment, information is just a click away using your own gadget or the gadgets provided you can now access the net to surf your way to knowledge also you can be anywhere to learn. This collaboration doesn’t aim to improve technology; it aims to educate future work force and learners of 21st century to be equipped with the right knowledge to compete in an advancing economy with the use of technology.
PLDT SME Nation has been very active in partnering with schools and learning institution to build their technology and connectivity resources in support of education sector’s need to improve ICT learning among the students and academe. Closing the widening ICT professional skills gap in the Asia Pacific Region and a shortage of skills by empowering the future generation with an ICT – enabled education system. ICT skills are no longer just added value to employment but are now necessities in today’s business and entrepreneurial landscape.
By: McDennis Macahilo