ICDL sets standards at trade show

For the first year running, non-commercial organisation ICDL is appearing at Gitex. ICDL, which sets international benchmarks for IT training, aims to enhance its presence in the Middle East.

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By  Patrick Phelvin Published  October 20, 2003

Encouraging education rather than business interests is the reason the International Computer Driving License (ICDL) team has decided to take a stand for the first time at Gitex 2003.

The team, a major partner in the Dubai eCitizen and eEmployee schemes announced this month, is seeking further expansion and recognition in the region.

“We decided to participate in Gitex his year to raise our profile and let everyone know what we are all about,” says Rich MacLaren, ICDL’s UAE programme director.

“We have had a lot of interest from business and government people from around the region who, although they may already train their staff to ICDL standards, want to know more.”

ICDL is an independent organisation mandated by UNESCO to administer the training of IT skills aroud the globe. The standards it sets are currently being worked towards in 35 UAE universities and training organisations. It is a non-commercial practice that, although established in the Middle East for more than a year, has not exhibited at Gitex before.

“The presence of ICDL in the region can only benefit the region because money raised in the UAE will all be spent in the UAE,” explains MacLaren.

“We are quite different from a lot of the other exhibitors in that respect.” H5

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