New Horizons and UNESCO partner to provide computer 'driving licence'

The United Nations has appointed New Horizons UAE to provide training and testing for the UNESCO International Computer “Driving Licence” in four Gulf countries.

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By  David Cass Published  October 16, 2002

The United Nations has appointed New Horizons UAE to provide training and testing for the United Nations Education Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO) International Computer “Driving Licence” (ICDL) in four Gulf countries. Under the contract, announced yesterday at Gitex, New Horizons, which has computer training centres all around the Middle East, will train and certificate computer users in the UAE, Kuwait, Saudi Arabia and Qatar.

New Horizons was named by IDC this year as the world’s largest IT training company. Students, who might already be in the workplace, will receive the ICDL as soon as they pass seven tests in seven internationally standardised courses. CEO Fahad Al-Othman said: “Any certificate in any discipline is very important nowadays and this is a good one because it is starting to move the market.”

Al-Othman said it is no longer enough to rest on the laurels of an academic degree like a PhD, Masters or MBA. “In a world which is moving so quickly a vocational certificate like the ICDL gives the individual a target, while prospective employers can see that a job applicant carrying the certificate is committed to continuing training.”

One of the biggest single commitments so far announced is by Kuwait, which has just passed a law demanding that all 40,000 teachers working in the country must obtain the ICDL certificate. “That is a revolution,” said Al-Othman. We are very excited to be part of such an important venture.”

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