5 Skills Needed to Succeed in a Digital World

Deb Miller Landau iQ Managing Editor

With technology impacting lives more than ever, tomorrow’s leaders in Southeast Asia look to Intel’s educational programs to gain skills into an increasingly digital world.

From laptops to digital classrooms, technology is all around us. The ever-changing nature of our world demands learning and adopting new skillsets. In Southeast Asia, in countries like the Philippines, Malaysia and Thailand, business leaders and educators are turning to Intel Learn Program: Easy Steps to inspire leaders in the 21st century.

It’s important to be familiar with the technology and tools that power the digital world. Digital literacy enables us to navigate day-to-day living, pursue education after we’ve left the classroom, and make the best of available opportunities.


Through Intel Learn Program: Easy Steps, people with limited access to computers can still learn to be digitally literate.

The class was a perfect fit for Marites Atibo, a teacher from Mauban in the Philippines, who used to be afraid of computers. The course increased her abilities and her confidence. She went on to convince her contemporaries to take the course in partnership with the local government.

Creative thinking introduces new approaches to problem solving. This is especially important when a problem requires an innovative solution. Creative thinking also gives people room to grow and encourages them to take risks. Intel Teach blends creative thinking with traditional teaching methods in K-12 classrooms, with tools like Creativity in the Mobile Classroom, an interactive digital class.


In Indonesia, Intel partnered Axioo, a local equipment manufacturer, to equip classrooms in 53 schools nationwide with various Intel-based technology. These smart classrooms foster creative thinking by making the learning process more engaging and interactive.

In a world where internet memes and satirical blog posts live alongside breaking news stories, critical thinking is especially important. This skill means having the ability to think clearly and rationally, as well as being able to reflect and think independently. Essentially, it means wading through the barrage of information overload and separating facts from fiction.

Another interactive course, Thinking Critically with Data, equips students with analytical skills for a global, knowledge-driven world.

In Malaysia, Nur Farah Gan Abdullah incorporates critical thinking skills into her physical education lessons at the Institut Perguruan Perempuan Melayu (IPPM). IPPM’s director Soriah Bt. Abdullah said that not only students benefit. “The Intel Teach Programme helps us produce thinking teachers.”

Collaborating with people of different cultures is essential in today’s digital, global world. Speedier internet connections and developments in cloud computing enable collaboration that transcends physical distance and geopolitical borders.

For this reason, the Collaboration in the Digital Classroom course is particularly relevant.

Nutpraveen Tatsuwan, a teacher from Thailand’s Pichit province, completed the course in 2014 and immediately applied her learnings to her 5th– and 6th-grade classes. While her classes were once content-focused, using technology only as a tool, she now designs her lessons to include technology that allows her students to solve problems in groups.

Nutpraveen is thrilled to see more active class participation. Her students ask each other questions and explain difficult concepts to one another. Internet tools like messaging apps and online documents extend learning and collaboration to outside the classroom, so her students can collaborate anytime and anywhere.


Studies have shown that leadership is a mix of natural and acquired abilities. A strong leader knows how and when to call the shots and steers the team to greater heights. One way to succeed as a leader is to learn new skills through training, experience and practice.

Intel Vietnam has funded the Higher Engineering Education Alliance Program (HEEAP) since 2010. This public-private partnership aims to modernize top engineering and technical vocational universities in Vietnam to align with the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology standards.

To date, more than 300 Vietnamese faculty members have been trained in the U.S. When they return to Vietnam, these lecturers work on innovative projects that transform engineering education from passive, theory-based instruction to a more active, applied and theory-based learning model.

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