Agreement signed in special ceremony in Cyberjaya, Malaysia
WASHINGTON, D.C. & CYBERJAYA, Malaysia – Dec. 15, 2015 – The International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE®) and Malaysia’s Multimedia Development Corporation (MDeC) today announced the signing of a memorandum of understanding (MOU) signaling their shared commitment to collaborating to advance excellence in learning and teaching through innovative and effective use of technology. The MDeC was formed in 1996 to provide Malaysia’s government with counsel and advice on legislation and policies for the digital age.
The agreement was signed this week by Dato’ Yasmin Mahmood, CEO, MDeC, and Brian Lewis, CEO, ISTE, in the presence of the Malaysian Minister of Education, H.E Dato’ Seri Madzhir bin Khalid during a special ceremony in Cyberjaya.
“Our new collaboration with MDeC is illustrative of ISTE’s commitment to supporting organizations around the globe that share our vision for transforming learning through the effective use of technology,” said Lewis. “We look forward to working with MDeC and Malaysian leaders to share the power of digital age learning with the country’s educators.”
Minister of Education H.E Dato’ Seri Madzhir bin Khalid said, “As part of our Malaysian Education Blueprint (2013-2025), we intend to provide equal access to quality education of an international standard, as well as leveraging ICT for this purpose. In this regard, the role of educators, both teachers and school leaders, is critical in achieving this aspiration. Therefore, I see this MOU between MDeC and ISTE to be an important step forward in preparing our educators to meet global competency standards.”
Under the MOU, both organizations commit to supporting the pedagogical development of educators by introducing and integrating the ISTE Standardsand Essential Conditions for learning, teaching and leading in the digital age and Essential Conditions into professional learning programs. Initiatives developed as part of this collaboration will support the implementation of the Malaysian Education Blueprint as well as ongoing efforts to integrate computer science and computational thinking into Malaysian schools.
Dato’ Yasmin Mahmood, CEO, MDeC, said, “We fully recognize the importance of instilling strong digital competencies amongst students in preparation for jobs of the future. In line with MDeC’s mandate of driving Malaysia’s transition toward a developed digital economy, MDeC is delighted to be collaborating with ISTE in promoting and advancing global technology in education standards.”
The International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE®) is the premier nonprofit organization serving educators and education leaders committed to empowering connected learners in a connected world. ISTE serves more than 100,000 education stakeholders throughout the world.
Innovative offerings include the ISTE Conference & Expo– the world’s most comprehensive ed tech event – as well as the widely adopted ISTE Standards for learning, teaching and leading in the digital age. The organization’s robust suite of professional learning resources features online courses, consulting services for schools and districts, books, and peer-reviewed journals and publications. For more information, visit iste.org. Connect with ISTE via Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn.