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Presentation at SPiN conference in Belgrade, 5 Nov 2013


TEMPUS project INCOMING: Interdisciplinary Curricula in Computing to Meet Labor Market Needs

Bridging the gap between higher education and industry: the case of ICT sectorMart LaanpereTallinn University, EstoniaThe gapUniversity as autonomous, knowledge-seeking and knowledge-creating institution:Humboldtian idea of research university Scientific disciplines and their reflection in the faculty/departmental structure of universityUniversity professor: mainly researcherUniversity as the source of professionally trained specialists, job market driven academia: Outcome-based funding schemes in higher educationEuropean Qualification Framework and competence-based curricula in universitiesExpectations of ICT industryRecent 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 kindExpectations of employers in ICT sector towards ICT graduates:Key competences: team work, creativity, problem solving, presentationInderdisciplinarity: ICT and medicine, public administration, law, environment, entertainment, media, education, businessInternationalisation: experience in blending into international setting already during the study periodBridging the gap: the Estonian caseThe national programme of ICTIT Academy: http://studyITin.eeCompetence centres (e.g., industry-oriented applied researchSummer schools, teachers from the industryInterdisciplinarity: multi-disciplinary and open Master programs (e-governance, educational technology, biotech)Employers in curriculum and defense committees, practical placement, supervising diploma thesesInnovation vouchers 4000 EURTEMPUS INCOMING projectInterdisciplinary curricula in computing to meet the labor market needs in SerbiaProblems addressed by the project: lack of interdisciplinary study programmes in Serbialack of compliance between job market requirements and university curriculalimited international orientation of Serbian IT-curriculaObjectives of the INCOMING projectto 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 modeto 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 fieldConsortium of the INCOMING project4 Serbian universities:University of BelgradeUniversity of KragujevacUniversity of Novi SadMetropolitan University3 EU universities: Tallinn, Crete, Aberdeen3 job market partners: Comtrade, Union aak 2000, Mihajlo Pupin InstituteChamber of Commerce and IndustryNational Council of Higher EducationExpected outcomesanalysis 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 universitiesdevelopment, 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 deliveryincreased mobility of students who complete such an interdisciplinary degree study programmeincreased employment opportunities for students who complete developed interdisciplinary degree study programmeAdditional informationThe project Web site: