Information and Communication Technologies in ASEAN Education: A Public Lecture at the National Library


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Dr Uma Natarajan, Principal Researcher at The HEAD Foundation, was invited to deliver a public lecture at the National Library on 10 August 2017. The Library hosted a thematic speaker series on ASEAN 50 which is in commemoration of 50 years of ASEAN this year. The lecture was entitled, “Information and Communication Technologies in ASEAN Education.”

The ASEAN ICT Masterplan 2020 is focused on driving the region towards a digitally-enabled, integrated economy. Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) in education offers opportunities for governments in ASEAN and other emerging nations to address key education challenges of quality, equity, and efficiency as well as develop their human capital. This is especially so for developing nations in the ASEAN region, which also have large youth populations, undergoing education reforms.  Dr Uma Natarajan shared policy recommendations for the region that will encourage and enable ICT development for education. Dr Natarajan’s address was based on the research and development work of the Foundation in the areas of ICT as well as her own research in Indonesia on ICT and teacher training.

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Mr Ho Swee Huat

Mr Ho Swee Huat is the Founder and Managing Director of Abacus Assets Advisors Pte Ltd. Before starting the company, he had an established career in the banking industry, with 20 years of experience in Singapore, Hong Kong and New York.

He was an Independent Director and Chairman of the Audit Committee of CapitaCommercial Trust Management LTD from 2004 to 2013.

He is the current Chairman of Autism Association (Singapore) which he co-founded with a group of parents in 1992. He is also Vice-Chairman of Eden School, a special school for children with autism.

Mr Ho holds a Master’s degree from the London School of Economics and Political Science, and a Liberal Arts degree in Economics from Hamilton College, USA.

He has been a member of the Board of the Foundation since its incorporation.