Friday, September 4, 2015

PLDT and Microsoft launches Digital Campus Suite

One of the things I look forward to in the coming years is my daughter’s first day in a big school. As a mom, I know that I will be meticulous in choosing which school I will enroll my daughter to. Why? Because the school will take a big role in shaping the future of my daughter.

Good thing that as early as now, PLDT, the leading telecoms and multimedia service provider, and global IT giant Microsoft Philippines, launched a new service package called the Digital Campus Suite. 

According to PLDT Chairman Manuel V. Pangilinan, “We at PLDT are confident that this partnership can significantly contribute in enriching the digital content of Philippine education. By enabling schools through these programs, we are helping them, both educator and student, to gain new critical skills and learn IT courses with globally competitive technology programs that have become essential in today’s digital workplace”. 

What is Digital Campus Suite?
A package that would enable students and academes access to online learning programs and earn IT (Information Technology) certifications for critical IT skills which are now in demand in today’s digitally driven industries.

Benefits of Digital Campus Suite
1. Schools will have high-speed connectivity with PLDT MyDSL Biz or iGate.
2. Online access to training courses of the Microsoft IT Academy Program.
3. Schools will receive licenses to Microsoft Office 365 to help students and teachers interact and teach using Cloud tool and platforms.
4. It includes laptops, tablets and Wifi access points in the campus for that overall digital education experience. 
Ms. Kat Luna-Abelarde, PLDT FVP and Head of SME Business, said that “This iniative fully aligns with PLDT SME Nation’s effort to empower the future generation with an ICT-enabled education system. ICT skills are no longer just added value to employment but are now necessities in today’s business and entrepreneurial landscape. This initiative will allow these students to become adept in basic ICT skills and IT programs to prepare them for their chosen careers”. 
Why is there a need to boost PH IT Education [through Digital Campus Suite]?
A study conducted by the International Data Corporation (IDC) revealed that the increased spending on IT cloud services will open up an estimated 14M new jobs worldwide. But even if the technologically skilled employees are presented with these opportunities, there’s still a wide ICT professional skills gap and shortage of skills in Asia-Pacific.

When we say skills gap, it is when there is a mismatch between the skills required by companies and the actual skills possessed by the employees.

In the Philippine setting, the youth accounts for 50% of the country’s overall unemployment sector. That is why launching of the Digital Campus Suite is very timely, for it envision to elevate Philippine education standards and to produce career-ready graduates.

“An educated population is what we need to build progressive Philippine economy, but we can’t educate tomorrow’s leaders with tools from the past”, said Microsoft Philippines General Manager Karrie Ilagan. “The increasingly competitive workplace is being driven by technology and digital literacy, and the Digital Campus Suite gives educators and students access to tools that will build their capability to excel in that environment. We always strive to effect a positive change in the lives of our customers and our partnership with PLDT SME Nation helps us create a bigger impact on all aspects of education”. 

Philippine Education takes a digital leap through Digital Campus Suite!
To know more about this, kindly visit them at:
FB/TW: @pldtsmenation
Phone: 101-888

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