Zayed varsity, ECDL ink cooperation agreement

DUBAI — Dr Hanif Hassan Al Qassimi, Vice-President of Zayed University, and David Carpenter, CEO of the ECDL Foundation, signed a cooperation agreement, at Dubai Internet City recently.

By A Staff Reporter

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Published: Thu 30 Dec 2004, 11:06 AM

Last updated: Thu 2 Apr 2015, 2:04 AM

The agreement states the partnership of Zayed University’s Institute for Technological Innovation (ITI) and ECDL Foundation in raising the general level of computer skills in the society and industry in the field of the ICDL certificate.

The agreement enhances the university’s role in cooperating with the ECDL Foundation — the global governing body of the ICDL certificate, programmes, and testings, according to Dr Hanif.

“This international certificate which has been certified by the Unesco and offered worldwide under the name of “ICDL”, assures the high academic standards of the university’s experience in developing the programme of the certificate as well as raising the skills and efficiency of the trainees.

“Zayed University is very keen on communicating with international organisations, bodies and centres that are specialised in technological, academic, and research fields.”

The ICDL being issued by Zayed Unversity and certified by the Unesco, is a diverse achievement and initiative for us, especially, that we organise annual training courses for UAE national employees of the different ministries and departments, he added.

David Carpenter, CEO of the ECDL Foundation, lauded the cooperation with Zayed University in developing the international certificate courses, referring to the fact that the foundation was formed to co-ordinate and operate the ICDL certificate as accredited and certified by the Unesco. The ECDL plays a vital role in IT literacy and works with government organisations and policy-makers to furthering IT literacy using the ICDL syllabus and its international standards. Carpenter added that the ICDL licence is an integrated training programme related to the usage of information technology (IT) and its applications. It provides a certificate called “The International Computer Driving Certificate ICDL” that is similar in pattern to car driving licences but differs in the context.

The licence aims to unite measurements that depend on training individuals and developing their talents, skills in the workplace.

Dr Abdullah Abonamah, Director of the ITI, said: “The agreement included both parties’ role in furthering computer literacy within the UAE, promoting the ICDL syllabus and international standards in the IT training of teachers and students, assisting the ICDL GCC Foundation in enforcing and adhering to the ICDL syllabus and standards, cooperating in organising boot-camps to improve computer proficiency within the educational system, pursuing initiatives and partnerships to promote IT literacy through its programmes, assisting the ICDL GCC Foundation in various quality assurance adaptations involving the review or courseware material and administration of ICDL official testing, and endorsing the ICDL programme and its syllabi and standards in the UAE and the Gulf region.

Experts from the university and the ECDL foundation will make different studies on the possibilities of offering new academic programmes that assist in developing the courses and materials of the ICDL licence.”



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