By Phurpa Wangmo
Dorji Gyeltshen, a second year student from BSc.in Computer Science, Sherubtse College stood third in the Regional ICDL Digital Challenge 2018 finals held in Bangkok. The top two students from 10 countries including Bhutan, China, Malaysia, Philippines, India, Sri Lanka, Singapore, South Korea, Thailand and Vietnam competed in the grand finale.
Dorji represented Bhutan along with Dorji Wangchuk from the Royal Institute of Management (RIM) at tertiary level, Subham Chhetri of Pelkhil School and Deepshik of Motithang Higher Secondary School at secondary level.
The finalists in Bhutan were chosen after a national round digital challenge held in Thimphu, in July this year in collaboration with RIM at the end of the digital camp for 21 finalists from 11 participating institutions. More than 500 Bhutanese students participated for the digital challenge.
The finalists received a sponsored trip to Thailand to participate in the grand finale. The local hospitality for ICDL Asia sponsored two days and Bhutan Media & Communications Institute (BMCI) managed the local championship and other aspects related to participation in the finals through local sponsors in Bhutan.
This is the second ICDL computer and digital competition in Asia. The competition was open to tertiary and university students between 18 – 25 years old. The first two rounds of competition have been conducted in the respective home countries.
The 3 rounds of competition tested students on selected ICDL modules including Word Processing, Spreadsheets, Presentation, Online Collaboration and IT Security.
ICDL digital challenge aimed to search and recognize the top students with the best digital and ICT skills in South Asian Region. ICDL is the world’s leading computer testing and certification program with its presence in over 150 countries.
The top four were able to interact and learn from other participants from the region, this also allowed the participants to bench mark them selves internationally.
The participation of the students to the final was supported by corporation and private business entities in the country.