Bhutanese student begs bronze in top digital skills contest in Asia
Dorji Gyeltshen, a student of Sherubtse College, who represented Bhutan in International Computer Driving License ( ICDL) Asia Digital Challenge on 5 August in Bangkok, returned with bronze medal.
In the tertiary school category, Singapore achieved the unique distinction of winning the ICDL challenge competition with gold and silver followed by Bhutan, Thailand and Malaysia for bronze medal in finalists from ten other Asian countries to win the ICDL.
Thailand beat the secondary school category to win gold followed by Philippines for silver, while Singapore, another Philippines and Sri Lanka were awarded bronze.
The challenge tested the students on their core digital skills, such as Online Collabora- tion, IT Security and Advanced Spreadsheets among others.
The winner received an attractive prizes and an opportunity for a Student Exchange Program with ICDL at an international location.
The certificates were awarded to all the participants who represented Bhutan, China, India, Malaysia, Philippines, Singapore, South Korea, Sri Lanka, Thailand and Vietnam.
Dorji Gyeltshen had to jump through several hurdles before emerging victorious to visit Bangkok to battling surprise. To get to Bangkok, Dorji Gyaltshen had to compete with more 500 registered students.
The top four Bhutanese students were chosen from the national round Digital Challenge held in Thimphu in July. The top two students were selected through preliminary tests in eight tertiary and three higher secondary schools in May. The first round of competition was conducted in the respective schools and colleges.
The participants were from the Faculty of Nursing and Public Health, Gaeddu College of Business Studies, Paro College of Education, Royal Institute of Management, Royal Thimphu College, Samtse College of Education, Sherubtse College, Jigme Namgyel Engineering College, Deothang, Yangchenphug Higher Secondary School, Motithang Higher Secondary School and Pelkhil Higher Secondary School.
Recently, Bhutan Media and Communications Institute ( BMCI) reported that 25 Bhutanese youth including the youth interns are currently engaged in the camp.
A Digital Camp, first of its kind is being organised at Royal Institute of Management (RIM) for 21 students. The participants were awarded international computer skills certification for the first time in the country.
The challenge aims to search and recognize the top student with the best ICT skills. ICDL provides a huge platform for ICT literacy through international test and certification which is one of the most essential tools to compete in the global market.
The competition was open to tertiary and university students between 18 to 25 years old. The first two rounds of competition have been conducted in the respective home countries.
The participants were required to appear in three rounds of tests based on ICDL modules of word processing, spreadsheets, presentation, online collaboration and IT security.
The Parties recognize the benefits that the ICDL Programme may bring to Bhutan through the increased availability of certification in digital literacy and the use of information and communication technologies.
ICDL Asia Digital challenge is the first ever ICDL computer and digital competition in Asia. It is an international non- profit that aims to improve digital competency, organised the competition open to students in tertiary education institutions across Asia, the first of its kind ever held in the continent.
A felicitation function was co- organized by Royal Institute of Management and BMCI as ICDL's Local Partner. The national challenge is as a part of the regional challenge organised by ICDL Asia, based in Singapore.
More than 15 million people have engaged with the ICDL program from more than over 100 countries, through their network of over 24,000 ICDL Accredited Test Centers.
Dorji Gyeltshen had to jump through several hurdles before emerging victorious to visit Bangkok to battling surprise. To get to Bangkok, Dorji Gyaltshen had to compete with more 500 registered students