The management committee of the Study IT in
Estonia approved the programme for 2016-2020 in early March. The focus of the
programme remains on ICT studies in two universities – the Tallinn University
of Technology and the University of Tartu. The most important change is the
increased focused on the systematic inclusion of entrepreneurs in the
development of ICT curricula.
The Study IT in Estonia Programme is the cooperation
programme of universities, information and communications technology companies
and the state, which is implemented by the Information Technology Foundation
for Education. “Our goals it educate top specialists with excellent ICT skills,
so that Estonian companies can develop new and innovative solutions, and manage
them as well,” said chairman of the HITSA management board Erki Urva. “This in
its turn will boost the growth of entrepreneurship and the provision of ICT
services, which lays a strong foundation for the economic growth of Estonia.”
In the period from 2016-2020, the programme
will mainly focus on the six selected curricula of the Tallinn University of
Technology and the University of Tartu. The priority in this period is to
improve the international competitiveness, attractiveness and quality of the
ICT curricula to increase the motivation of students and consequently the
number of students who graduate with degrees in ICT specialities.
The most important change in comparison with
the previous period is the plan to systematically include entrepreneurs in the
development of curricula to ensure that the content of the studies and the
knowledge of graduates are a better match for the needs of the society.
“Universities plan to cooperate with entrepreneurs and put a bigger emphasis on
the implementation of real-life projects, and create a successful traineeship
programme to include more real-life cases and their solutions in the learning
process,” explained Margit Grauen, programme manager at the Study IT in Estonia Programme.
The Study IT in Estonia Programme was created in 2012. The programme is managed by a management
committee that consists of Vice-Rectors for Academic Affairs, leaders of ICT
studies, representatives of ICT companies, and representatives of the Ministry
of Economic Affairs and Communications and the Ministry of Education and
The Study IT in Estonia Programme document is available on HITSA website.
For further information, please contact:
Chairman of the Management Board
Information Technology Foundation for Education
Telephone: 628 5885