Published 8 years ago
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USD 300,000 grants to be awarded to Egyptian students, with promises for more to comeCairo University has signed a three-year agreement with ICDL Arabia, the regional arm of the ECDL Foundation, to enhance students’ digital proficiency in a bid to align their skills with today’s job market demands. Under the terms of the agreement, university students will receive funding assistance worth USD 300,000 to improve their ICT skills and help them obtain their ICDL certificate. About 10,000 undergraduate students and 2,000 post-graduate students, will benefit from this grant, in addition to tens of students with special needs. Prof. Gaber Nassar, Cairo University Chancellor, and Jamil Ezzo, Director General of ICDL Arabia, signed the agreement in the presence of Prof. Gamal Abdul-Nassar, Cairo University’s Vice President for Community Service and Environment Development Affairs, and other representatives from both parties.Under the terms of the agreement, the university will need to complete the accreditation requirements of all its training centers to be able to provide the ICDL training and testing to students. The trainers must also be certified by ICDL Arabia to ensure that the training program meets the global standards adopted to provide trainees with unparalleled ICT skills. ICDL Arabia has expressed its commitment to secure more government funding from GCC and European countries to help support the training and testing costs. Dr. Nassar said “the agreement complements the vision of the university in digital skill. He added that establishing a strong strategic partnership with ICDL Arabia is vital as they play a major role in the region’s furthering of digital transformation by enhancing individual digital capabilities”. Dr. Nassar added: “Cairo University is the first to implement the new ICDL structure in Egypt, which provides the efficiency, flexibility and quality required to promote ICT skills among students and graduates. Up-to-date digital skills enable anyone to gain a competitive edge in the local and regional job market.” Ezzo, for his part, said the new cooperation paves the way for us to implement the new ICDL structure for the first time in Egypt exclusively through renowned institutions such as Cairo University. As today’s job market increasingly demands more skills in the latest ICT solutions beyond the commonly knows office applications, the new ICDL program provides students with crucial skills required by employers in the private and public sector. Such skills include competencies in IT Security, project planning, online collaboration, health information system usage and social media. The new ICDL structure is composed of three levels, namely Base, Standard and Expert. The Base Level comprises four modules including Computer Essentials, Online Essentials, Word Processing, and Spreadsheets. The Standard Level incorporates the Base modules with three of the six current Standard syllabuses. The Standard modules include Presentation, Using Databases, Project Planning, IT Security, Online Collaboration, and Health Information Systems Usage. The Expert Level, which covers advanced skills in desktop applications, offers three of the four modules without any prerequisites.