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ICT-Centric Economic Growth, Innovation and Job Creation

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The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) embody a universally shared vision of progress towards a safe, just and sustainable space for all human beings. The book, “ICT-centric economic growth, innovation and job creation”, written by leading scholars and experts from around the world, aims to address the challenges and opportunities offered by ICTs in the areas of innovation, governance, education, job creation and economic growth.This book, launched World Telecommunication Development Conference 2017, presents an in-depth roadmap for sustainable economic growth by exploiting the recent developments in information and communication technology (ICT) to create an environment that nourishes ICT-centric innovation and generates new job opportunities. It describes the key elements in the ICT-centric ecosystem for economic growth, innovation and job creation, covering policies, strategies, mechanism and tools that are indispensable in creating and maintaining a healthy, vibrant, adaptable and environmentally friendly setting for sustainable economic growth. It also highlights the roles and responsibilities of different stakeholders in the ICT-centric ecosystem, including governments, industry, academia, investors, entrepreneurs, and citizens. It focusses on discovering and analyzing the multiple interrelations between ICT dynamics and the UN's Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) established in 2015 as a universal set of goals, targets and indicators that UN Member States will be expected to use to frame their agendas and policies over the next 15 years.

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The Future of ICT-driven Education for Sustainable Development

This chapter examines the role of education as the basic process in the hyper connected information era, one that is a central requirement and key tool for achieving the SDGs. It examines both the role of ICTs in the broad and global transformation of education, on the one hand, and on the crucial role of education in building a strong and healthy ICT ecosystem, on the other. Lifelong learning, massive open online courses (MOOCs) and international education hubs are all indicators of how the digital platform revolution is disrupting education. The chapter makes a series of policy recommendations on teaching ICT technologies and skills in 21st century, the need for lifelong learning, and the value of public-private partnerships in developing education platforms. Furthermore, it suggests that ICT education is needed to familiarize all stakeholders with the Internet and digital networks, big data, the mobile revolution, the Internet of Things and digital tools such as robotics, AI, and virtual and augmented reality.

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