Certifications to help you upskill for the digital economy

The future of ASEAN’s digital economy is bright. Here’s how folk in the region can upskill for the digital economy.

By U2B Staff 

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The future of ASEAN’s digital economy is bright. 

The World Economic Forum notes that ASEAN is the fastest-growing internet market in the world with approximately 125,000 new users coming onto the internet each day. The digital economy projected to add an estimated US$1 trillion to regional GDP over the next 10 years.


This spells opportunity for those aspiring to play a bigger role in the field.  

The pandemic has bolstered the growth, demand, and adoption of digital technologies across various industries, be it in healthcare, the government, agriculture to manufacturing, to name a few, to improve business effectiveness and efficiency.

University of the Witwatersrand professor Brian Armstrong describes the digital economy as “a term that captures the impact of digital technology on patterns of production and consumption. This includes how goods and services are marketed, traded, and paid for.”

Examples of businesses within the digital economy include ride-hailing apps such as Uber and Grab, as well as accommodation provider Airbnb.

As the digital economy grows, it can present a number of exciting opportunities for those with the right knowledge and skills to utilise it.

Obtaining the skills to succeed in the digital economy

For individuals within the ASEAN region who are looking to upskill in the field, the right certification or postgraduate degree can bolster your credentials and help you give your career the boost you want. 

Casugol, for instance, has recently announced that it is appointing several partners within ASEAN, including in Indonesia and Vietnam, to deliver quality education on digital transformation and emerging technologies based on the latest industry trends and best practices. 

Casugol is a Singapore international certification provider that offers a number of professional certification programmes and executive workshops in digital transformation and emerging technologies for people across various industries.


Programmes offered by Casugol are designed and endorsed by an Industry Advisory Committee (IAC) made up of leading academics, industry leaders, and subject matter experts around the world, said the company in a press statement.

They offer programmes in data analytics, cybersecurity and the internet of things (IoT), to name a few.

Stanford Online offers a number of courses that can help you upskill for the digital economy, including the Stanford Digital Transformation Certificate, which will teach you to lead in times of change and uncertainty, learn to analyse data in new ways to make better decisions, and apply artificial intelligence (AI) tools and approaches to successfully serve your customers and your employees.

MIT Professional Education offers a Professional Certificate Program in Digital Transformation, a nine-month online course aims at various professional profiles including entrepreneurs and professionals with strong leadership skills.

Ultimately, there are a myriad of ways for you to upskill for the digital economy. Which option you choose will depend on your budget and professional goals, so be sure to decide what you hope to achieve before enrolling in a course.