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Big boost to e-Education
Source: http://main.omanobserver.om/node/158534
Source Date: Tuesday, March 26, 2013
Focus: Citizen Engagement, Internet Governance
Country: Oman (Sultanate of)
Created: Mar 30, 2013

MUSCAT — On the sidelines of the ongoing Communications and Information Technology Exhibition — Comex 2013, the Information Technology Authority (ITA) and Infocomm Development Authority of Singapore (IDA) announced their plans to further strengthen their collaboration in information communication technology (ICT) for the advancement of the Sultanate’s education sector, at a jointly held seminar here yesterday.

The collaborative efforts of the two organisations stem from their memorandum of understanding that was extended in November 2013 and seeks to adopt ICT for the advancement of Oman’s government and education sector, as well as for the promotion of the country’s small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs). This offers an information platform on how technology can support academic approaches and enrich the learning environment for students and teachers.

Representatives from six Singaporean ICT companies and the Nanyang Technological University (NTU) joined IDA Singapore’s, Centre Director, ME Operations, Kevin Chan, and ITA’s Team Leader — Projects, Abdullah bin Mohammed al Abri, in discussing their project implementation experience and the benefits of e-Learning programmes, explaining how ICT adoption can be made by educational institutions. IDA shared its ICT Education and Learning Plan, which was developed under Singapore’s Intelligent Nation 2015 Master-plan (iN2015).

Participating companies included GSA Pte Ltd, Heulab Pte Ltd, IDA International Pte Ltd, Inspire-Tech Pte Ltd, LDR Pte Ltd and LittleLives Inc Pte Ltd. It was noted, each company specialises in ICT products and services that have been successfully adopted by the education sector in Singapore and other international markets. While the Ministry of Education and various senior executives from ITA contributed to the seminar and keynote sessions.

In his statement, Ronnie Tay, CEO of IDA Singapore said, “Educational institutions all over the world are actively looking at leveraging ICT to better equip their students and teachers for a learner-centric environment. In Singapore, we have the ‘EdVantage’ programme, which was implemented to meet the diverse needs of learners through the innovative use of infocomm. We are pleased to have the opportunity to discuss and exchange ideas with ITA on the use of ICT to strengthen the education sector.”

In his comments, Dr Salim bin Sultan al Ruzaiqi, CEO of ITA noted, “Recognising the need to elevate the country through education and learning technology, Oman has been working closely with Singapore to exchange experiences in the collaboration of ICT. This joint seminar is an example of how both countries can strengthen Oman’s adoption of ICT for the education sector through knowledge sharing. Singapore’s e-Education programmes can serve as a guide along with other worldwide experiences in inculcating practices and promotions of ICT innovation for schools, teachers and students in Oman.”

IDA’s ICT initiatives across the different sectors are guided by iN2015, aimed to navigate Singapore’s transition into ‘An Intelligent Nation, A Global City, Powered By Infocomm’. By showcasing the sectoral possibilities enabled through ICT to international markets, IDA provides thought leadership from their local programmes. The 5-day Comex 2013 exhibition concludes on Friday and is being held at the Oman International Exhibition Centre in Seeb. The trade delegation of Singapore’s ICT companies and the NTU will be showcasing their products and services under the Infocomm Singapore pavilion.

Comex offers the latest IT solutions and a wide-range of opportunities to visitors and delegates interested in new innovative solutions to boost their business, marketing and industry development.

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