Malta, 2013, April 25
ICE Malta joins the rest of the world and celebrates Girls in ICT Day
International Girls' in ICT day is an initiative hosted locally by ICE Malta, with the support of the International Telecommunications Union as well as the European Parliament. The aim of the world event celebrated extensively all over Europe, is to empower and encourage girls and young women to consider careers in the growing field of information and communication technology.
"Last year saw almost 90 countries take part in the project, with some 1,300 events organized throughout the world and some 30,000 girls directly empowered with the knowledge that ICT careers can really be for them. We are delighted to count on ICE Malta's participation in the worldwide celebrations of International Girls in ICT Day, this will certainly reinforce Malta's position as an ICT hub of excellence and make for a more gender-balanced ICT sector in the island." Nicolas Jammes, Project Coordinator, ITU-Global Girls in ICT Day Project explained.
On Wednesday 24th of April between 12.30pm and 1.30pm, the ICE Malta team will be welcoming some of the island's most successful women working in the ICT industry from MITA, MCA, SmartCity Malta, 6pm, TRC, Connexo, Foundation of Female Entrepreneurs, University of Malta, Malta Enterprise amongst other high profile women who have contributed to the success of positioning our island's as a hub of ICT excellence. Guests will be sharing their stories, aspirations and discussing challenges and opportunities with a number of female students who are interested in a career in ICT. The ICE Malta team will also be launching an exclusive competition titled 'Tech needs Girls' together with fashion brand Jennyfer.
'Globally it is estimated that the world shortfall in skilled ICT professionals exceeds two million. Furthermore with the constant branding of Malta as an ICT hub of excellence and constant referral to our islands as 'SMART islands', we feel that is is of utmost importance to ensure that our workforce has the necessary ICT skills and world-wide recognized certifications to ensure that locally we are exceptional contenders for careers in the ICT industry all over the world. During our 2013/2014 strategy plan, ICE Malta welcomed some of the creative industry's key leaders to meet the institute's top creative design students during the first edition of the Creative Design Student Showcase 2013. ICE Malta has also been accredited to encourage students to participate in the international Adobe Design Achievement 2013 awards as well as has been chosen as the official host for the National CISCO NetRiders Competition. We feel that it is our duty to inspire our students and share opportunities with them to truly make sure that they are given a career kick start. While the number of female students continues to increase semester after semester, we feel that 'Girls in ICT Day' will continue to create the necessary awareness required to position Malta as a key player in the global ICT industry. We're proud to be the official ambassador for this prestigious event' Nikolai Sammut, principal of ICE Malta commented.