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  • NEWS ARCHIVE — 2011

  • Thu, 22 Dec 2011Twelve EU Member States Call for a Common Definition and Indicators around Digital Literacy and e-Skills

    Under the patronage of European Commission Vice-President, Neelie Kroes, ECDL Foundation brought together key actors from the European Commission (EC), the European Parliament, 12 national governments, and other stakeholders to discuss the progress of, and priorities in, delivering the ‘Digital Literacy, Skills and e-Inclusion’ action areas of the Digital Agenda for Europe (DAE)...

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  • Wed, 16 Nov 2011ECDL Foundation Welcomes European e-Skills Week 2012 and Pledges Support as e-Skills Ambassador

    European e-Skills Week is a major awareness-raising campaign of the European Commission with the aim of highlighting the growing demand for skilled Information and Communication Technology (ICT) users and professionals to drive a competitive and innovative Europe. The initiative will provide a unique pan-European platform to promote and share experiences and best practices in e-Skills, foster cooperation, and efficiently mobilise stakeholders...

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  • Fri, 21 Oct 2011European Commission Vice-President Kroes Delivers Keynote Address on the Importance of Digital Skills for Competitiveness and Inclusion

    European Commission (EC) Vice-President and Commissioner for the Digital Agenda for Europe (DAE) addressed delegates at the ECDL Foundation Forum on the key role that digital skills have to play in driving economic growth, and in reducing the risk of digital exclusion that faces those without the skills to access technology...

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  • Thu, 20 Oct 2011ECDL ROMANIA RECEIVES PRESTIGIOUS INTERNATIONAL BEST PRACTICE AWARD

    At the ECDL Foundation Forum 2011, held in Dublin, Ireland, the entry submitted by ECDL Romania was voted to be an outstanding example of best practice in the Social Inclusion category. ECDL Romania ECDL Foundation, the certifying authority for the world’s leading international computer skills certification programme, ECDL / ICDL, established the Best Practice Awards to acknowledge and credit initiatives and projects that are considered as exceptional examples of the implementation of ECDL Foundation programmes that help to raise levels of digital literacy, and promote ECDL / ICDL in local markets...

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  • Thu, 22 Sep 2011INFORMATION AND COMMUNICATION TECHNOLOGY (ICT) SKILLS ARE INTEGRAL TO THE AIMS OF THE EUROPEAN YEAR OF ACTIVE AGEING

    The social intention of the concept of active ageing is to,“…allow people to realise their potential for wellbeing throughout their lives and to participate in society according to their needs, desires and capabilities, while providing them with adequate protection, security and care when they need assistance[1]...

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  • Tue, 05 Jul 2011Teenagers Can Evaluate Online Content But Are They Digitally Literate?

    The report, which is the latest publication of the OECD's Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA)[1], measures the ability of 15 year-old students in 16 OECD member countries to read, understand and apply digital texts, including emails and websites, and compared this with their traditional (paper-based) literacy abilities...

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  • Tue, 28 Jun 2011DIGITAL AGENDA ASSEMBLY A SUCCESS BUT DIGITAL SKILLS & COMPETENCES REMAIN CRUCIAL FOR OVERALL DIGITAL AGENDA PROGRESS

    One of the key pillars of the DAE is ‘Enhancing Digital Literacy, Skills and Inclusion’, and a series of plenary sessions, panel discussions, and workshop sessions were held at the assembly to assess the progress of the DAE in this area, and to determine future actions to be taken. ECDL Foundation CEO, Mr...

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  • Tue, 01 Feb 2011CEPIS and IVI tasked by the European Commission to develop ICT Professionalism and enhance mobility

    With the cost of IT project failures in business estimated at up to €4.5 trillion worldwide, and with research indicating that half of IT projects incur budget overruns of more than 80%, the European Commission has engaged with the Council of European Professional Informatics Societies (CEPIS) and the Innovation Value Institute (IVI), to advance the development of ICT Professionalism in Europe...

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  • Mon, 31 Jan 2011European Economic Chamber of Trade, Commerce and Industry (EEIG) Recommends ECDL

    European business executives, entrepreneurs, professionals and corporations wishing to promote and contribute to EU harmonisation established EEIG with the aims and objectives to support sustainable development and economic growth in the context of national priorities. One of the chamber’s goals is to ensure that the future requirements of Europe’s business community are reflected in Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) programmes...

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  • Mon, 24 Jan 2011ICT SKILLS: TRAINING AND CERTIFICATION WORKS

    A recent study from the Applied Research and Innovation Department of the ALBA Graduate Business School in Greece shows clearly that investment in ICT skills training and certification is highly effective, and that it represents a real and immediate return on investment for companies.  ICT-trained employees are more efficient, they work quicker, and make fewer mistakes; and the time that supervisors and other colleagues spend dealing with difficulties is halved where employees have been trained...

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