Bridging the gap between academia and industry


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Bridging the gap between academia and industry

  1. 1. Bridging the gap between higher education and industry: the case of ICT sector Mart Laanpere Tallinn University, Estonia
  2. 2. The gap • University as autonomous, knowledge-seeking and knowledge-creating institution: – Humboldtian idea of research university – Scientific disciplines and their reflection in the faculty/departmental structure of university – University professor: mainly researcher • University as the source of professionally trained specialists, job market driven academia: – Outcome-based funding schemes in higher education – European Qualification Framework and competencebased curricula in universities
  3. 3. Expectations of ICT industry • Recent study by Praxis ( on ICT workforce in Estonia revealed: – Jobs in ICT sector: software engineers (25%), managers (12%), project managers (8%), user support (12%), sysadmins (12%), analysts & architects (9%), testers (8%), network admins (9%) – Growing trend: ICT specialists in other sectors (Everything is IT!) – Employers expected to hire lesser amount of ICT graduates than projected, but different kind • Expectations of employers in ICT sector towards ICT graduates: – Key competences: team work, creativity, problem solving, presentation… – Inderdisciplinarity: ICT and medicine, public administration, law, environment, entertainment, media, educatio n, business… – Internationalisation: experience in blending into international
  4. 4. Bridging the gap: the Estonian case • The national programme of ICT • IT Academy: • Competence centres (e.g., industryoriented applied research • Summer schools, teachers from the industry • Interdisciplinarity: multi-disciplinary and open Master programs (e-governance, educational technology, biotech) • Employers in curriculum and defense committees, practical placement, supervising diploma theses • Innovation vouchers 4000 EUR
  5. 5. TEMPUS INCOMING project • Interdisciplinary curricula in computing to meet the labor market needs in Serbia • Problems addressed by the project: – lack of interdisciplinary study programmes in Serbia – lack of compliance between job market requirements and university curricula – limited international orientation of Serbian ITcurricula
  6. 6. Objectives of the INCOMING project • to initiate capacity building for interdisciplinary computing studies offered both in English and in Serbian and in at least one of the following three modes of study: face-to-face mode, distance learning, and blended mode • to develop, accredit, implement and evaluate the following interdisciplinary study programmes related to computing to be taught in English and in Serbian: – – – – – – Management and Computing (BSc) Intelligent Systems (PhD) Social Sciences and Computing (MSc) Information technology for E-Business (MSc) ICT for Governance and Administration (MSc) Computer Games (BSc) • to increase employability by targeting Serbian labor market needs in interdisciplinary computing field
  7. 7. Consortium of the INCOMING project • 4 Serbian universities: – University of Belgrade – University of Kragujevac – University of Novi Sad – Metropolitan University • 3 EU universities: Tallinn, Crete, Aberdeen • 3 job market partners: Comtrade, Union Čačak 2000, Mihajlo Pupin Institute • Chamber of Commerce and Industry • National Council of Higher Education
  8. 8. Expected outcomes • analysis of the state-of-the-art of relevant policies, related practices, legal regulations, and labor market needs related to interdisciplinary study programmes at the Serbian universities and at EU universities • development, accreditation, implementation and evaluation of interdisciplinary study programmes specified above to be taught in English and in Serbian as either campus-based, distance learning, and/or blended mode delivery • increased mobility of students who complete such an interdisciplinary degree study programme • increased employment opportunities for students who complete developed interdisciplinary degree study programme
  9. 9. Additional information • The project Web site: •