eSkills - a challenge of the beginning of the 21st century
Chair: Vasile Baltac (Romania)
Unparallel development of Information Society needs more ICT skills as ever. First, billions of users have to master the basic ICT skills. An increasing number of specialists has to be trained to posses highly professional skills. Universities are the major source of these professionals and ICT industry has many expectations in this respect. The expectation relate to the number of ICT professionals needed annually, the distribution of demand by programmers, analysts, system architects, data base administrators, security experts, salespeople, CEO/CTO, etc., quality of curricula, supply of specializations in critical demand, etc.
The round table will discuss how ICT industry sees universities, how graduates of various ICT faculties or specializations give satisfaction to employers, what is the approach in re-training to ICT skills of graduates from non-ICT faculties or specializations and what is to be the correct ration among software programmers, system analysts, system architects, administrators of data bases, application, services, applications security experts, etc.
A question of interest is the topic of specialties claimed by ICT industry to be missing or insufficient covered in universities: telecom network topologies, data base administration, UNIX, software testing and integration, C++, IT Storage Manager, IT Asset Manager, Information Services Manager, mobile devices programming, project management. There are even opinions that the present list of job types in ICT in completely outdated.
Universities are asked to update annually their ICT curricula. Is this feasible and/or beneficial? What is is the impact of the Bologna process in ICT?