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Skills Aligned Education & Lifelong Learning Crucial to Staying Relevant in Digital Age

Business Wire India
Skills aligned curriculum that can be easily accessible by the youth through digital methods and developing a mindset for lifelong learning would shape the future for developing economies in Asia. This was the unanimous view of the educators and professionals at the 4th Icons of Learning Summit & Awards hosted by the Singapore-based Business Excellence & Research Group (BERG).

A premier thought leadership, networking & recognition platform, Icons of Learning witnessed participation from education institutions ranging from schools, colleges, private universities as well as edtech startups from South & South East Asian countries.

The panel discussion on the topic “Education to Employment: Managing the Skills Gap” included distinguished professionals like Wayne Marriott –  Executive Director – Kaplan Learning Institute Singapore; Mr. Steve Glaveski, CEO, Collective Campus, Melbourne; Prof. Christina Hong – President, Technological  & Higher Education Institute, Hong Kong; Ms. Sindhu Sreebhavan – CEO As Many Minds Singapore and was moderated by Manoj Aravindakshan – Editorial Director, AsiaBizToday Singapore.

Skills based education is the need of growing economies including India & other SE Asian countries and we hope that these award winning institutions will inspire other schools of higher learning to also commit to enriching people with industry-relevant skill sets and knowledge to thrive in the new economy,” said Vishwesh Iyer, Managing Partner, BERG Singapore. In addition to providing world-class infrastructure, institutions these days are embracing innovative curriculum delivery methods & approaches to enhance learning experiences; this would go a long way in building a skilled economy, especially in Asia.

Leading educational institutions from India, Singapore, Sri Lanka, Thailand, UAE & Malaysia were presented the Icons of Learning 2017 Award in recognition to their unique approaches in education management & quality delivery methods.

The 2017 Icons of Learning Award winners were:

  • My Private Tutor, Kolkata, India – Leading Online Education Portal
  • Meridian School, Hyderabad, India – Emerging Private School
  • Maria’s Public School, Guwahati, India – Leading Private School
  • SAGE University, Indore, India – Leading Private University in Central India
  • Kaplan, Singapore – Best Private Education Institution
  • Kaplan Learning Institute, Singapore – Leading Corporate Training & Skills Development Provider
  • ISBR Business School, Bangalore, India – Emerging B-School – Academic Excellence
  • Miles Bronson Residential School, Guwahati, India – Leading Residential School
  • Brickfields Asia College, Malaysia – Leading Institution for Legal Education
  • ASM Group of Institutes, Pune, India – Leading Higher Education Group
  • KLAY Schools, Bangalore, India – Emerging Chain – PreSchool & Day Care
  • Dusit Thani College, Bangkok, Thailand – Leading institution for Undergraduate Studies
  • CHIREC International School, Hyderabad, India – Leading K12 Education
  • Integreat Centre, UAE – Skills Champion
  • Auuro Education Services, Chennai, India – Leading Education Solutions Company


  • Dr. N. K. Dutta, Founder & Principal, Miles Bronson Residential School, Guwahati, India – Distinguished Educationist
  • Mrs. Ratna Reddy, Founder & Director, CHIREC International School, Hyderabad, India – Excellence in Leadership
  • Mr. Harshana D. Perera, Principal, Asian International School, Sri Lanka – Distinguished Educationist

Asia Learning Resources, MediaKindle, FII-News and AsiaBizToday were the supporting partners to the 2017 Icons of Learning conclave & awards.