Realizing the future of smart education
Education today is increasingly personalized and hybrid with new digital models emerging everywhere in classrooms, research laboratories and administrative offices. Intelligence and the cloud are increasingly critical, supported by new innovations and transforming information and communication technologies theeducation industry. It is clear that the future of smart and digital education has arrived and to discuss it, SmartCitiesWorld speaks with Thomas Xu, President, Global Government Sales, Enterprise BG, Huawei.
The education sector is looking for much more diverse solutions, taking on-demand educational support and services, as well as those that improve both the quality and equity of education, and this is it. that digital transformation can make a difference, says Xu.
âThrough the adoption of all kinds of advanced technologies such as big data, cloud, augmented reality, virtual reality and artificial intelligence, we can strengthen education,â he said. âThis will allow on-demand learning and learners can receive an education in the way that suits them best, despite cultural and geographic barriers. It can also be tailored to the specific needs of each individual, thereby improving the quality and equity of education.
An advocate for digital transformation in the education sector, Xu also stresses that in order to truly help every learner through technology, it is important to address the digital divide that exists in some parts of the world. Despite a global internet penetration of 59.5%, he points out that with the imbalance of technological investments, there is still a huge gap between developed and developing countries. âWe need to take this into account when discussing digital transformation in education. “
UNESCO data echoes such observations and is deeply disturbing: 262 million children and young people are currently out of school; six in ten do not acquire basic reading, writing and numeracy skills after several years in school and 750 million adults are illiterate. âIt fuels poverty and marginalization,â says Xu. âThere is always a huge gap between where we are and where we aim to be. “
To close the gap, Huawei is committed to helping educational institutions effectively embrace digital technologies. For more than 10 years, it has provided cutting-edge ICT solutions to educational clients, including those in developing countries. Notable projects include Huawei’s collaboration with the Ivory Coast Ministry of Education, where it supported the momentum given to Ivory Coast nationwide. â¯basic educationâ¯supply, improved the level of ICT development and promoted equity in education. Huawei achieved this by providing a dedicated WAN, centralizing the cloud data center and providing wireless coverage in schoolsâ¯and an online learning platform.
In addition to providing solutions, Huawei also advocates a holistic ecosystem approach, which includes working with consultants, software developers, systems integrators, service providers and others. âWe always insist on the platform plus ecosystem strategy. This means that we position ourselves as the fertile ground on which the partners grow and flourish, and finally produce all kinds of fruits for our end customers: schools and students.
Digital transformation had already taken place in education before the pandemic struck. However, there is no doubt that the global health crisis has accelerated transformation and forced organizations to seek solutions to ensure continuity of learning for all students. In this context, Huawei brings new value to the education sector with technologies such as Hybrid learning solutionâ¯platform that integrates a learning management system. This is supported by the Huawei IdeaHub, which is an interactive 4K digital whiteboard.
Huawei’s 2021 Global Smart Education Summit took place on July 7-8 and showcased real-world examples of how education solutions are helping to accelerate the digital transformation of the education sector.
With many of these solutions proven to work during the pandemic, Xu is confident that they will continue to hold a vital place in the education sector. He concludes: âBlended learning is about to become the new standard of future education.
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