This is the time of year when thousands of graduates in our country march in commencement exercises. The graduates represent the product of the educational system. They symbolize the quality of the future yet to be experienced. Will it be bright? Jose Rizal has said, the youth are the hope of the motherland. In terms of the world, today’s graduates are the global hope for a better future for mankind. Quality of education. The diploma sums up the learning and capabilities that the graduate has acquired to deal with life’s many challenges. What is the cost of that education? A more relevant question is, what is the cost of quality education? For the nation, how can we improve the quality of education especially when public resources are used to provide and support it? Quality in this case means the ability of the educational system to produce graduates who acquire the capacities that enable them to solve life’s challenging problems. Parents send their children to … [Read more...] about Graduating class, 2019: National and global dimension
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Jakarta. Indonesia, an emerging middle-income country, is already the world's 16th largest economy by gross domestic product and the 10th strongest in terms of purchasing power parity, and a member of the G-20. A number of global consultancy firms and banks have reported that the world's fourth most populous nation, which has charted impressive economic growth since overcoming the Asian financial crisis in 1997-1998, has yet to unleash its true economic potentials, given the country has a large young population, is rich in natural resources and is currently seeing a middle class boom – which has boosted the number of its affluent consumers. Bloomberg reported in January, citing a report from Standard Chartered, that Indonesia could shake up the world's gross domestic product rankings by breaking into the top five in 2030. This is a much more optimistic prediction than the one made in a report by McKinsey in 2012, which said Indonesia … [Read more...] about Can Indonesia Leverage a ‘Golden Moment’ in Its Economy?
When Miss Siti Nurhajah Haron was 14, she was hospitalised for a week after she suffered a case of bilateral ovarian dermoid cysts. During her stay, Miss Siti was touched by the warmth of the nurses around her. It was then that she knew she wanted to become a nurse. But when she was 18, her father became unfit to work, suffering from diabetes and hepatitis C. As the oldest among her three siblings, Miss Siti had to withdraw from her nursing course at the Institute of Technical Education (ITE) College East and start working to support her family. But she didn't abandon her dream of becoming a nurse. When her younger sister graduated in 2016 and began working, Miss Siti was able to resume the nursing course she had left years ago. She re-enrolled in the course in 2017 and graduated last year with a perfect GPA of 4.0. She is now pursuing a diploma in nursing at Nanyang Polytechnic. Miss Siti, now 24, was one of the students honoured at the ITE Student Achievers' Awards Ceremony held at … [Read more...] about ITE graduate never gave up on nursing dream
Myanmar is a fast-developing economy, and things are changing rapidly. According to the World Bank, mobile phones have seen the most accelerated growth of all consumer goods. In 2017, nearly 40 million people lived in households that owned a phone, and, of these, 36 million lived in households with smartphones. With over 80 percent smartphone penetration and 45pc of the population being under 25-years-old, the country is fertile ground for entrepreneurship. All of these developments make for a burgeoning entrepreneurial ecosystem. The excitement and passion in Myanmar's entrepreneurial community are palpable, with startup competitions and boot camps cropping up across the country. People across the country are eager to start businesses and build solutions to create a better future for themselves and their families. While the vigour is present and the opportunities to make a difference are plenty, the know-how to implement these solutions isn’t always there. Hard and soft skills … [Read more...] about Myanmar: A burgeoning entrepreneurial ecosystem
The initiative is a component in the collaboration between Asean Foundation and Microsoft Asia-Pacific, which aims to enhance the technological skills of teachers and educators as part of preparing Thais for the digital-economy era. The teacher-training event was also attended by volunteers from Coder Dojo, a club for young computing programmers. They provided in-class support and advice to the teachers. Dhanawat Suthumpun, managing director for Microsoft (Thailand), said the tech giant believes technology can be a force for social and economic inclusion. Equipping young people with digital skills increases their economic opportunities, while also addressing the talent shortage faced by industries as they digitally transform. Microsoft Thailand contributes to the regional Asean Digital Innovation’ programme dedicated to driving the economic growth of the Asean bloc. Chailerd Pichitpornchai, director of the Institute for Innovative Learning at Mahidol University, said … [Read more...] about Teaching the teachers pays dividends