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2013.10.17 13:45

Foreign investors will teach practical skills to Lithuanian students

DELFI.lt 2013.10.17 13:45

Kaunas University of Technology (KTU), with the help of foreign investors operating in Lithuania, is modernising the field of information technology (IT) studies in order to meet increasing demand for highly qualified IT professionals, Invest Lithuania has informed. 

Kaunas University of Technology (KTU), with the help of foreign investors operating in Lithuania, is modernising the field of information technology (IT) studies in order to meet increasing demand for highly qualified IT professionals, Invest Lithuania has informed.

International companies active in the Lithuanian IT sector – Barclays, Bentley Systems, Callcredit Information Group, CSC, SEB Shared Services Centre, Western Union – are developing lectures to be delivered at the KTU Informatics Faculty. The collaboration between these companies and KTU was initiated by Invest Lithuania.

Foreign investors have jointly prepared a study module on project management for third year students. Over 200 students will learn how to manage large and complex IT projects through exposure to the cutting-edge practices of these companies.

“We are engaged in this project because it lets us share our practical knowledge and familiarise students with the activities of our centre. It is hard to imagine how the SEB Group’s shared service centres in Vilnius and Riga could operate without the latest IT practices,” said Ilma Mažeikienė, Head of SEB shared service centres in Vilnius and Riga.

“Our staff involved in this project will focus on IT project management, ITIL methodology, and the tools and methods used to create IT products. Furthermore we will provide practical knowledge how to test and automatise IT systems,” she continued.

In their lectures, specialists from the SEB Shared Service Centre will advise students on how to create, manage and implement projects. They will demonstrate how modern management techniques enable businesses to change their organisational form and reach strategic goals.

“We expect that students will acquire practical skills and knowledge, which are extremely important for young specialists taking their first steps in their career and hoping to secure a strong position in the job market,” said Mažeikienė.

The American company ‘Virtustream’, which announced the start of its operations in Kaunas this summer, will also contribute to the study programme. The company’s specialists, together with KTU, are planning to develop a new cloud computing syllabus. The company’s staff will give lectures at the university and KTU students will be given internships with the company, providing them with prospects for future employment.

“In addition, study modules covering IT systems tests, software engineering and other everyday activities of IT field specialists will be offered as options in the spring term. This will allow our students to keep up with the latest global trends and improve their chances at finding a job,” said Prof. Dr. Egidijus Kazanavičius, coordinator of the KTU Informatics Engineering study programmes.

For the second year in a row, the KTU Informatics Faculty has launched the new term with introductory lectures for freshmen by representatives of various companies. Students are exposed to the latest trends in the IT market, what companies are doing, and what expectations they have for future employees.

“The need for IT specialists is rising at a fast pace. Over the next few years IT and communication companies in Lithuania plan to employ an average of 3,500 specialists in this field each year,” said Milda Dargužaitė, General Manager of Invest Lithuania.

“Collaboration between universities and companies contributes to the popularisation of IT studies and helps them to adapt to the needs of today’s business environment,” he stressed.

Invest Lithuania is encouraging collaboration between business and educational institutions in other fields as well. Students are learning Scandinavian languages, aviation mechanics and other professions where the demand is projected to grow.

Students get an ability to apply their theoretical knowledge in practice when business representatives join the education process. This prepares young professionals for their careers and spreads the modern working culture of foreign companies throughout the labour market.