Starting February, the Estonian Entrepreneurship University of Applied Sciences (EUAS) is offering bachelor studies in IT with an English-language curriculum. Its Software Development and Entrepreneurship course focuses on the skills local IT companies are looking for.
The curriculum is the first of its kind at this study level. It focuses on skills Estonian companies are looking for, and where the current number of graduates isn't sufficient to meet local demand.
"It is a new kind of problem. Estonian IT companies have a very good reputation and no shortage of customers, but it has become difficult to scale up due to a lack of IT specialists,“ Eneken Titov, the school's vice rector for academic affairs, said according to a press release.
To maintain and increase the competitiveness of the local economy, the number of IT professionals, according to estimates, would need to be at least 1.5 times that of today. The Estonian Association of Information Technology and Telecommunications recently found that Estonia will need some 16,000 new specialists over the next years for the local IT sector to be able to keep up.
The curriculum was built to fit in with later work requirements, according to Inna Shvartsmann, a former Skype software engineer who led the school's effort. "There is a fair share of software projects, team assignments, and internships," she was quoted in the press release.
The three-year study program includes courses in entrepreneurship and communication skills as well as an introductory course of Estonian. The format specifically aims at making the course attractive to foreigners and expatriates living in Estonia, with B2 level of Estonian to be achieved by the end of the bachelor curriculum.
Editor: Dario Cavegn