Monday 16 May 2022 marked the launch of the Digital Learning Hub, as well as the establishment of the Luxembourg subsidy of 42, a world-renowned coding school.
On Monday, Luxembourg's Minister of Education, Children and Youth, Claude Meisch, launched the Digital Learning Hub (DLH), installed in the Terres Rouges building in Esch-Belval. The creation of the DLH as a modern learning centre comes in response to the growing demand for digital skills on the Luxembourg labour market.
The Luxembourg subsidiary of 42 was also officially established with the signing of a partnership contract by Minister Meisch and Sophie Viger, Managing Director of 42. 42 is the flagship element of the DLH.
Minister Meisch highlighted the importance of a Digital Learning Hub for Luxembourg: "The future is digital. Consequently, digital skills must be developed from an early age: in a fun way with coding in primary school, with the digital science course in secondary school. It is also important to develop and deepen digital skills in working life. With the Digital Learning Hub, Luxembourg has a modern continuing education center that promotes creativity, autonomy and teamwork".
The offer is open to anyone of legal age, regardless of their qualification or diploma, and to both residents and non-residents. The DLH is a space to not only train and hone digital skills, but to generally invest in 21st century skills. It is an infrastructure that promotes the exchange of learners and professionals, creativity, peer-to-peer work and autonomous learning.
According to the Ministry of Education, Children and Youth, the growing importance of the computing and technology field in everyday life means that it is imperative to spark an interest in programming and to strengthen digital skills in Luxembourg, and even train high-level programmers. Coding is one of the key skills of the 21st century and, after having found its place in primary and secondary education in Luxembourg, it now has a place also in continuing vocational training through the DLH.
The DLH also offers training in the field of cybersecurity: on the one hand, awareness training and on the other hand, highly specialised training in collaboration with the National Coordination Centre (NCC) of the European Cybersecurity Competence Centre (ECCC).
Another area in which the DLH offers training is blockchain, a technology for saving and sharing information in the form of a database. Training courses will be offered to help find the right resources, build blockchain knowledge and develop projects in collaboration with industry.
The DHL also allows training in design thinking, a model from Stanford University allowing heterogeneous groups of students to learn how to design solutions to complex problems. Together with the "d.school" of the Hasso Plattner Institute (HPI) in Potsdam, Germany, training in design thinking, user experience (UX) and prototyping will be offered.
Cybersecurity, blockchain and design thinking training is free from the launch of the DHL until August 2022. From the winter semester, courses in these areas will be chargeable. Registration begins today.
For more information on the DLH and the training courses that will be offered from June 2022, visit: www.dlh.lu
Moreover, with the launch of the DLH, the 43rd branch of 42 has opened its doors in Luxembourg. The coding school offers extensive and complex training in programming. It is characterised by a progression according to levels to be reached. Learning is based on the principles of peer-to-peer learning, project-based pedagogy and gamification. The school is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week and has no teachers. 42 training is free, is completed over three years and is rewarded with a certificate which is equivalent to a BAC+3 in France.