Academy of ICT Essentials for Government Leaders
APCICT Virtual Academy is the online distance learning programme of UN-APCICT "Academy of ICT Essentials for Government Leaders". The goal of the Academy is to equip policy makers and other government officials with the essential knowledge and skills they need to fully leverage information and communication technologies (ICTs) to achieve national development goals.
Modules that are of particular relevance to e-resilience are:
- Module 9: ICT for Disaster Risk Management
- Module 10: ICT, Climate Change and Green Growth
- Module 11: Social Media for Development
In addition to the other 8 ICT focused modules which are very useful to get a holistic understanding of the subject, these modules aim to inform teachers and learners on the risks associated with disasters, impacts of climate change and how green growth is a viable development option as well as social media for development and DRR/DRM. How ICT can support DRM and the threats to ICT from disasters are presented. Good case studies on how ICT is applied are also provided to make the teaching/learning experience more fruitful.
Trainers can download and customize training materials, while learners can take each module as a self-paced online course.
Launched in 2008, the Academy’s comprehensive curriculum was developed in partnership with ICT experts from countries throughout the world. Currently, 11 Academy modules are available in various languages, with new training modules and more translations underway to meet the ICT capacity needs of ESCAP member and associate-member States. APCICT developed the Virtual Academy in multiple languages to bring Academy curriculum and training to a wider audience.
As part of the online learning experience, online interactive Communities of Practice have been established to enable learners with common interests to share knowledge and best practices related to topics on ICT for development (ICTD).
UN-APCICT was inaugurated on 16 June 2006 as a regional institute of the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP), and is located in Incheon, Republic of Korea. The Centre’s mission is to strengthen the efforts of the member countries of ESCAP to use ICT in their socio-economic development through human and institutional capacity building. To meet this objective, APCICT’s work is focused on three inter-related pillars – Training, Research and Advisory Services. Together they form an integrated approach to ICT human capacity building.