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Monday, August 19, 2019

Globe, UM partner for a digital campus

IN THEIR efforts to promote and enhance digital learning, Globe Telecom and the University of Mindanao (UM) entered into a partnership on June 28, 2019 for the Go WiFi and the Digital Thumbprint Program (DPT).

In a statement, Globe said it will provide free internet access for 30 minutes to students, teachers, and personnel of UM via Go Wifi allowing them to stay connected wherever they are in the campus.

"UM is always in the forefront of continuing quality improvements. This partnership with Globe is aimed towards that for better service to our students and community," Guillermo Torres, Jr., UM president, said.

Derrick Heng, Globe myBusiness senior advisor, said the Go WiFi can be accessed in the public areas of the campus where they can use the free internet to do their projects or research.

"The students can enjoy and enhance their quality of project work," he said.

In the partnership, UM is also the pilot school in Davao for Globe's DPT.

The DPT is Globe's advocacy and training program created to help schools understand the importance of online security and business models and the impact of being digitally-connected.

"This is a testament to the university’s and Globe Telecom's commitment to equip our students with the best learning technology can offer so they can prepare themselves when facing challenges outside the classroom," Torres said.

The DPT, which takes inspiration from the Optus' Digital Thumbprint in Australia, is meant to educate the Filipino youth on the importance of responsible digital citizenship through a series of workshops.

"The program will help both students and teachers to know what is the correct way of leveraging the internet -- what are the ways to protect data privacy; why they should be mindful about social media; and not encourage cyber bullying or how they will deal with it," Heng said.

He added that through DPT, they hope to help students and teachers discern the authenticity of information they find on the internet.


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