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GEMS Education collaborates with IBM to upskill its UAE schools – Intelligent CIO Middle East (via Qpute.com)


GEMS
Education has announced its collaboration with IBM to launch a pilot programme
introducing IBM Digital – Nation platform. Delivered on IBM Cloud, the platform
is designed to offer advanced knowledge and skills in key emerging technologies
to over 2,000 students and 70 teachers across the United Arab Emirates.

Through this initiative, GEMS Education students will
have access to over 75 different courses comprising over 250 hours of learning.
The platform will provide a range of programmes, with a focus on highly
sought-after advanced IT skills in future and emerging technologies, such as Artificial
Intelligence (AI), Blockchain, cloud, coding, Internet of Things (IoT), quantum
computing, data science and analytics, and cybersecurity.

The
courses will be offered at three levels – Explorer, Innovator and New Collar – and
will be run both as part of the school curriculum and as individual courses
that students can take in their own time. Successful completion of each course
will earn students IBM digital credentials that will help enhance their
university applications and CVs. Each student and teacher will also have their
own account with full access to all the necessary tools to create and innovate
new solutions.

Digital
– Nation Platform is part of IBM’s global push to close the digital skills gap
and empower youth with the most in-demand skills, helping them become
digital-ready. The platform has an additional functionality of scanning local job
recruitment portals and suggesting opportunities relevant to students’ learning
mastery and progress.

Michael
Gernon, Chief Education Innovation Officer, GEMS Education, said: “This collaboration
with IBM provides a world-class opportunity for GEMS Education students to
learn about the latest developments in technology and how they will impact the
society of the future. We are fully committed to bringing the very best
experiences and opportunities to our students, ensuring they are optimally
prepared for the future.

“The
courses we are offering are grounded in real-world learning and make practical
use of the latest technology and tools with a view to improving our world. As
each course is also assessed, students will be able to build their knowledge
and skills, enhance their solutions and receive IBM digital credentials for
their work. This is a truly game-changing opportunity in education and one
that’s exclusive to GEMS Education schools.”

The use of the emerging technologies is rapidly
growing. According to an IBM Institute for Business Value (IBV) study, as many
as 120 million workers in the world’s 12 largest economies may need to be
retrained or reskilled as a result of AI and intelligent automation in the next
three years. The study also shows that the time it takes to close a skills gap
through training has increased by more than 10 times in just four years and
that new skills requirements are rapidly emerging, while other skills are
becoming obsolete.

“Technology is embedded
in every facet of our everyday lives. It is imperative for technology leaders
to not only bring these technologies safely to the world but also equip
societies and the workforce with the skills needed to keep up with today’s fast-paced
innovation and disruption,” said Hossam Seif El-Din, Vice President, Enterprise
and Commercial, IBM Middle East and Africa. “

Through access to open
standards, best practices, IBM tools and course materials, Digital – Nation
will provide a holistic approach to close the digital skills gap, enable
digital competence and nurture innovation within our society. The collaboration
between IBM and GEMS Education is a testament to the importance of innovation
and equipping future leaders with the necessary skills and capabilities to
excel in the workplace.”

A
comprehensive approach, such as the one provided through IBM Digital – Nation platform,
is therefore needed to address this challenge – one that involves reskilling
through development that is personalised to the individual. Learning and
innovation are closely associated, underlining the importance and necessity of
close collaboration between academia and industry in order to introduce new
ways of learning through specialised educational materials and tools.


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