Arab Open University-Kuwait adopts New ICDL.

Continuing Learning and Community Service Unit to become ICDL accredited training and testing center
UAE, October 1, 2014 – The Arab Open University-Kuwait (AOU), a locally and globally accredited academic institution, has recently entered into a strategic partnership with ICDL Arabia, the governing body and certification authority for the ICDL certificate program in Egypt, the GCC States and Iraq. Under the terms of the agreement, the university’s Continuing Learning and Community Service Unit have become an officially accredited center for training and testing for ICDL certification.

The AOU has been chosen as ICDL Arabia’s strategic partner because of its active role in the dissemination of digital literacy and IT knowledge among students and Kuwaiti society, through integration of the latest technology and innovations within the educational process.

The strategic partnership authorizes the Continuing Learning and Community Service Unit’s adoption of ICDL’s new modules and certifications, including e-Citizen and Social Media for All, to boost digital literacy and enhance the ICT skills of all segments of the Kuwaiti society, including students, women, employees, job seekers, retirees, senior citizens, and the disabled. The agreement was signed by Dr. Naif Al-Mutairi, AOU’s Kuwait Branch Director; and Mohamed Hashim, Operations Manager, ICDL Arabia–Kuwait, in the presence of senior officers of both parties.
Al-Mutairi explained that the accreditation of the Continuing Learning and Community Service Unit by ICDL Arabia represents a strong impetus to widely disseminate digital knowledge among Kuwait’s various social segments. It will help in educating them to keep up with the transformation to the e-Government model as a prelude to a knowledge-based economy. Al-Mutairi also commended the efforts of ICDL Arabia in developing and implementing world-class programs in order to promote individuals’ capabilities to efficiently use today’s technologies, including the internet and social media which is accessible to all. He noted that the
Continuing Learning and Community Service Unit is ready to provide e-Citizen and Social Media modules along with other new ICDL modules under the supervision of a number of its certified trainers who are trained according to the highest international standards by ICDL Arabia.
For his part, Hashim said that the strategic partnership with the Continuing Learning and Community Service Unit at AOU Kuwait is of particular importance as a qualitative step to provide the new modules for a large segment of the Kuwaiti society. He expressed that the cooperation will have a positive role in supporting Kuwait’s e-transformation through the application of the e-Citizen program, which helps significantly advance e-readiness and accelerate the transition to a model digital society.
He added: “Social Media for All is a leading certification program for supporting the common aspirations in promoting the safe use of social network sites, which have been very popular and widespread, especially among youths. This program teaches the use of social networking platforms such as Facebook, Twitter, Google Plus and LinkedIn, for social, cognitive, educational and professional purposes, while maintaining the highest levels of security and privacy. The Arab Open University-Kuwait is the first educational strategic partner to us in the private sector in Kuwait after our organization has signed an agreement with the government sector representatives from Kuwait University and the National Guard.
We are pleased to cooperate with AOU’s Kuwait Branch, which plays a vital role in keeping students abreast with accelerated digital developments through its high-level educational services and vital facilities, including electronic library and the latest classrooms equipments such as computers, smart boards, electronic platforms and broadband services, among others,” concluded Hashim.
In addition to e-Citizen and Social Media for All, the New ICDL offers new skills through many new modules like: Online Collaboration and IT Security. The Online Collaboration Module deals with the changing technology affecting the region by providing an understanding of essential concepts and how to apply these online tools that can be quickly be used to simplify many daily
tasks through technology.. The module is of major relevance given how mobile phone technology and the Internet are being used to support innovative strategies for Smart Government and it will also enable graduates and job seekers get better jobs. The IT Security Module, is one of the leading new courses which is an integrated and essential program that helps computer users cope with ICT risks and supports government efforts to educate individuals about the best e-Safety practices.

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Epson to showcase Smart Classroom solutions at Kuwait EDUTECH 2013


EB-485Wi Interactive Projectors, ITS Printers, and GT-1500 Scanner form Epson’s innovative lineup for education sector
]UAE, October 28, 2013[ Epson has announced that it will unveil select products that have the potential to boost classroom technology to enhance the learning experience at Kuwait EDUTECH 2013, the latest edition of the biggest educational event dedicated to the development of Kuwait’s education sector. This marks the fourth consecutive year that Epson is joining the show, which will place on October 29 and 30 at the Crowne Plaza Hotel, Kuwait.
Epson has hand-picked the EB-485Wi Interactive Projectors, Ink Tank System (ITS) Printers and the GT-1500 Scanner to be showcased at the event. EB-485Wi Interactive Projectors, the world’s shortest throw, fully-integrated interactive projector, is expected to be the biggest draw due to its suitability to classroom environments. With easy-to-use interactive and multiple projection modes, it can help educators make engaging presentations in a seamless manner to liven up classes and encourage discussions. 
 Khalil El-Dalu, General Manager, Epson Middle East, said: “EDUTECH is a forum that seeks to transform the physical and virtual learning environments in keeping with modern times. It believes in the power of technology to revolutionize the overall educational experience in the region. It’s this shared interest that has led us to associate with this forum since its inception.”

“As the Middle East market continues to revive, especially with GCC nations on the cusp of peaking in terms of size and strong market performance, we are committed to bolstering our marketing initiatives to capitalize on this opportunity. Strategic platforms such as Kuwait EDUTECH will help us make inroads into the region’s growing education sector, while also serving our mutual interest of building a more interactive and technologically advanced educational environment,” added El-Dalu.

The upcoming edition of Kuwait EDUTECH 2013 will feature conference sessions on ‘
Rethinking Physical-Learning-Virtual Spaces,’ ‘Leadership, Technology and Education,’ ‘Beyond Classroom Walls: Cloud Computing for Education,’ and ‘Kuwait MoE Vision vis-a-vis Planned Educational Projects.’ It is being held under the patronage of H.E. Dr. Nayef Falah Al Hajraf, Kuwait Minister of Education, Higher Education and Acting Finance Minister. More event details are available at http://www.q8-edu.com.
Epson, a global leader in electronics, develops a broad range of education projectors, document cameras, interactive projectors and other products for education. These solutions can complement initiatives by the Kuwait Government to enhance the quality of the national educational sector.
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About Epson
Epson is a global innovation leader whose product lineup ranges from inkjet printers and printing systems, 3LCD projectors and industrial robots to sensors and other microdevices. Dedicated to exceeding the vision of its customers worldwide, Epson delivers customer value based on compact, energy-saving, and high-precision technologies in markets spanning enterprise and the home to commerce and industry.
Led by the Japan-based Seiko Epson Corporation, the Epson Group comprises more than 68,000 employees in 96 companies around the world, and is proud of its ongoing contributions to the global environment and the communities in which it operates.
About Epson Europe
Epson Europe B.V., based in Amsterdam, is the Group’s regional headquarters for Europe,
Middle-East, Russia, and Africa. With a workforce of 1,727 employees, EpsonEurope’s sales for fiscal year 2012 were 1,540 million Euros. http://www.epson.eu
Epson Middle East oversees Epson’s operations in the Middle East markets, in close coordination with Epson Europe. Headquartered in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, Epson Middle East works closely with a network of resellers and distributors across Bahrain, Egypt, Iran, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Libya, Oman, Qatar, Syriaand Yemen, ensuring the availability of its wide, technologically-advanced product range to businesses and consumers in the region. Epson Middle East has also recently opened an office in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, in line with its plans to consolidate its market presence. http://www.epson.eu/int/en

ICDL launches flexible approach for ICT certification across GCC.

Update to learning profiles to help users adapt to dynamic changes in technology & customize their learning
]Kuwait, April 14, 2014[ Hosted by Kuwait University – Khawarizmy Centre, ICDL GCC Foundation, an organisation that promotes digital skills and cyber safety across the Gulf region and Iraq, announced the launch of its New ICDL Profile certification programmes. Representatives from more than 60 organizations and accredited centers in Kuwait have attended the event. The event aimed to receive orientation on the new certification programme and it will affect the over million candidates enrolled and new comers.

The event aimed at the concerned organizations and network of ICDL accredited partners in Kuwait on the new update of the ICDL programme, which specifies the skills and knowledge for attaining various levels of ICDL certification, will help candidates maximize latest technologies and keep abreast of emerging trends. The revised structure also offers greater flexibility in customizing Information and Communications Technology (ICT) skills learning.

Jamil Ezzo, Director General of ICDL GCC Foundation, said: “We thank Kuwait University for hosting this event, and we reiterate our strategic partnership with the university and Al Khawarizmy centre which has been a main supportive element of our efforts since over ten years”
Ezzo added: “We understand that everyone uses technology for different purposes and that is why we developed the New ICDL Profile. The New ICDL Profile is an important step towards staying relevant in this dynamic world. It will enable ICDL accredited test centers to present a fresh and contemporary offering to both candidates and organisations. It also brings with it new opportunities to engage with new candidates as well as re-engage existing ones to facilitate their goal of lifelong learning.”
While maintaining its unified global standard, the New ICDL Profile offers four different levels of digital proficiency and certifications: Unit Profile, Base Profile, Standard Profile and Expert Profile. Base Profile certification is based on four pre-set modules that are essential for everyone. The Standard Profile certification contain all four Base modules plus three additional modules that can be selected from a list of modules. The Expert Profile certification consists of advanced skills in any three of the four office application.
The New ICDL Profile is a notch higher than its predecessor in terms of flexibility, relevance, validity and diversity. The new content addition will ensure greater coverage of the digital skills and knowledge required now and in the near future. The revised structure allows candidates and organisations to develop digital literacy, competence, and expertise in a manner deemed appropriate by them.

The groundwork is currently being laid to facilitate a smooth and consistent transition to the New ICDL Profile. All elements including the New Registration mechanism, Tests, Courseware, practice tests and syllabi, has officially been released. The ICDL programme was first launched in Europe in 1997 and later launched in Arab States in 2001 by UNESCO as a 7-module programme and has undergone only relatively minor revision up until now.

Epson to showcase Smart Classroom solutions at Kuwait EDUTECH 2013.

EB-485Wi Interactive Projectors, ITS Printers, and GT-1500 Scanner form Epson’s innovative lineup for education sector
]UAE, October 28, 2013[ Epson has announced that it will unveil select products that have the potential to boost classroom technology to enhance the learning experience at Kuwait EDUTECH 2013, the latest edition of the biggest educational event dedicated to the development of Kuwait’s education sector. This marks the fourth consecutive year that Epson is joining the show, which will place on October 29 and 30 at the Crowne Plaza Hotel, Kuwait.

Epson has hand-picked the EB-485Wi Interactive Projectors, Ink Tank System (ITS) Printers and the GT-1500 Scanner to be showcased at the event. EB-485Wi Interactive Projectors, the world’s shortest throw, fully-integrated interactive projector, is expected to be the biggest draw due to its suitability to classroom environments. With easy-to-use interactive and multiple projection modes, it can help educators make engaging presentations in a seamless manner to liven up classes and encourage discussions. 
 Khalil El-Dalu, General Manager, Epson Middle East, said: “EDUTECH is a forum that seeks to transform the physical and virtual learning environments in keeping with modern times. It believes in the power of technology to revolutionize the overall educational experience in the region. It’s this shared interest that has led us to associate with this forum since its inception.”

“As the Middle East market continues to revive, especially with GCC nations on the cusp of peaking in terms of size and strong market performance, we are committed to bolstering our marketing initiatives to capitalize on this opportunity. Strategic platforms such as Kuwait EDUTECH will help us make inroads into the region’s growing education sector, while also serving our mutual interest of building a more interactive and technologically advanced educational environment,” added El-Dalu.

The upcoming edition of Kuwait EDUTECH 2013 will feature conference sessions on ‘
Rethinking Physical-Learning-Virtual Spaces,’ ‘Leadership, Technology and Education,’ ‘Beyond Classroom Walls: Cloud Computing for Education,’ and ‘Kuwait MoE Vision vis-a-vis Planned Educational Projects.’ It is being held under the patronage of H.E. Dr. Nayef Falah Al Hajraf, Kuwait Minister of Education, Higher Education and Acting Finance Minister. More event details are available at http://www.q8-edu.com.
Epson, a global leader in electronics, develops a broad range of education projectors, document cameras, interactive projectors and other products for education. These solutions can complement initiatives by the Kuwait Government to enhance the quality of the national educational sector.
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About Epson
Epson is a global innovation leader whose product lineup ranges from inkjet printers and printing systems, 3LCD projectors and industrial robots to sensors and other microdevices. Dedicated to exceeding the vision of its customers worldwide, Epson delivers customer value based on compact, energy-saving, and high-precision technologies in markets spanning enterprise and the home to commerce and industry.
Led by the Japan-based Seiko Epson Corporation, the Epson Group comprises more than 68,000 employees in 96 companies around the world, and is proud of its ongoing contributions to the global environment and the communities in which it operates.
About Epson Europe
Epson Europe B.V., based in Amsterdam, is the Group’s regional headquarters for Europe,
Middle-East, Russia, and Africa. With a workforce of 1,727 employees, EpsonEurope’s sales for fiscal year 2012 were 1,540 million Euros. http://www.epson.eu
Epson Middle East oversees Epson’s operations in the Middle East markets, in close coordination with Epson Europe. Headquartered in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, Epson Middle East works closely with a network of resellers and distributors across Bahrain, Egypt, Iran, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Libya, Oman, Qatar, Syriaand Yemen, ensuring the availability of its wide, technologically-advanced product range to businesses and consumers in the region. Epson Middle East has also recently opened an office in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, in line with its plans to consolidate its market presence. http://www.epson.eu/int/en

HE Dr Modhi Abdul Aziz Alhmoud, Minister of Education and Higher Education, State of Kuwait (video)

The Minister explains that to date, most education policies in the Arab world have focused on providing education for everyone. This needs to change to include a policy of quality education too. She believes that students need to be equipped with knowledge, technical skills and life skills and to be taught values that include love for one’s country, tolerance, and acceptance of others’ opinions. She highlights the need for planning and equipment and stresses the importance of teacher training as the basis for any reform. She also points out that educational transformation would require the support of the state, as well as transparency and supervision.