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ITA Oman and IDA Singapore collaborate in the education sector

Zafar Anjum | March 27, 2013
They held a joint eEducation seminar alongside the COMEX 2013 ICT exhibition

The government of Oman and Singapore are coming together to help Oman leverage infocomm technology (ICT) better for its education sector.

The Information Technology Authority of Oman (ITA) and Infocomm Development Authority of Singapore (IDA) announced on 26 March that they have strengthened their collaboration in ICT for the education sector in Oman through a joint eEducation seminar.

This seminar was held alongside of the COMEX 2013 ICT exhibition, the two organisations said in a statement.

The COMEX 2013 ICT exhibition takes place from 25 - 29 March 2013 at the Oman International Exhibition Centre in Muscat.

The eEducation seminar focused on how technology can support academic approaches and enrich the learning environment for students and teachers.

Six Singaporean ICT companies and the Nanyang Technological University (NTU) were present to share their project implementation experience, to discuss benefits of eLearning programmes and showcase how ICT adoption can potentially be made by educational institutions.

These companies included GSA Pte Ltd, Heulab Pte Ltd, IDA international Pte Ltd, Inspire-Tech Pte Ltd, LDR Pte Ltd and LittleLives Inc Pte Ltd.

Oman's Ministry of Education and various senior executives from ITA also contributed to the seminar's panel and keynote sessions. IDA shared its ICT Education and Learning Plan, which was developed under Singapore's Intelligent Nation 2015 Masterplan (iN2015) at the seminar.

"Educational institutions all over the world are actively looking to leveraging ICT to better equip their students and teachers for a learner-centric environment," Ronnie Tay, chief executive officer, Infocomm Development Authority of Singapore, said. "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."

"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 eEducation 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," said Dr Salim Sultan Al Ruzaiqui, chief executive officer, Information Technology Authority of Oman.

An extended Memorandum of Understanding was signed between ITA and IDA in November 2011, to collaborate on various aspects of ICT in government and various economic sectors such as education.


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