Two weeks ago, September 9-12, the Kharkiv National University of Radioelectronics hosted the annual meeting for the National Education Framework for Enhancing IT Students’ Innovation and Entrepreneurship project. As a partner of this project, Sigma Technology participated in the meeting.
The project National Education Framework for Enhancing IT Students’ Innovation and Entrepreneurship is a part of the Tempus program and aims to strengthen cooperation between educational institutions, research institutes, and business in Ukraine. The European Commission allocates €1 million to the project, which started in October 2012 and will run until October 2015. The project is coordinated by the Linnaeus University (Växjö, Sweden). Coordination in Ukraine lies on Kharkiv National University of Radioelectronics.
This year’s meeting was dedicated to summing up the work during the year and planning activities for the next project phase. Delegates from Ukrainian and European universities and representatives from Sigma Technology and IKEA discussed models of cooperation between universities, companies, and students, and shared their ideas of innovative projects and new approaches to IT education in Ukraine.
Three days of intensive work culminated in a tour of Sigma Technology’s office in Ukraine, where company representatives presented the new concept of university and business collaboration, which implies the success of multisite projects involving students from different European countries.
“We believe this concept will increase the collaboration between the Universities and IT companies, which is the first goal of the project. The concept is a win-win approach as IT companies will get access to the talented pool of students, universities will enhance the quality of graduates, and students will obtain experience, while working on real projects,” – says Artem Petrenko, Business Development Manager at Sigma Technology Ukraine.
“Our company takes active part in Ukrainian IT education development. Apart from participating in Tempus project, we also closely collaborate with the government creating a legislative base”, says Valery Krasovsky, COO at Sigma Ukraine. “Moreover, we cooperate with leading Ukrainian universities; opening classrooms, participating in job fairs, arranging training, conducting student contests. We’ve already achieved a lot and believe that IT education in Ukraine will develop dynamically in the future.”
The next project meeting will take place in Oxford, England, in December. Look out for more information soon.