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Cultivating entrepreneurial ICT-skills in academy-industry joint venture

Press Release   •   Oct 10, 2012 12:01 GMT

New generation of Pan-European Master students on the rise under EIT ICT Labs umbrella

One hundred young ICT top talents gather this week in Stockholm to celebrate the start of their master’s programme in which technical excellence is combined with entrepreneurship and ICT innovation skills. EIT ICT Labs Master School is thereby the first to take a true pan-European approach, combining the strengths and specializations of a strong network of excellent universities in addition to cultivating innovation from the classroom.

Industry need for ICT workforce is predicted to grow. At the same time there’s a decline of ICT graduates. This lack of ICT-skills will eventually create a significant competence gap. The academy-industry joint initiative focuses strongly on the acquisition of transferable skills and aims on identifying and reducing the competence gap.

EIT ICT Labs represents leading high tech research institutes and industrial organizations in Europe which provide hands-on experience, mentorships and internships throughout the whole master's programme including thesis projects.

“This is not only an academic education. Industrial involvement is an essential part of the two year curriculum. It is all about innovation, entrepreneurship and technology in a creative mix,” Master School Director Carl-Gustaf Jansson emphasized. “We want students to think ahead and imagine their ideas brought to the market.”

EIT ICT Labs Master School offers a two year programme in which students choose two universities in two European countries to build a curriculum based on skills and interest. The Master School offers double degrees, combining a technical competence major with a minor in Innovation and Entrepreneurship. Technical majors are Human Computer Interaction & Design, Digital Media Technology, Service Design & Engineering, Internet Technology & Architecture, Distributed Systems & Services, Security & Privacy and Embedded Systems.

“We equip students, researchers and teachers with skills for creativity, risk taking and entrepreneurial capacity by catalysing and renewing the key ICT educational programmes at Master‘s level. Our students will make a difference,” says Prof. Willem Jonker, CEO at EIT ICT Labs.

Following the present cohort of 100 students, EIT ICT Labs will admit students yearly in an expanded scale. Applications for the EIT ICT Labs Master School 2013 can be sent in as from November 2012. Further information on admission and application is to be found on

About EIT ICT Labs

EIT ICT Labs is a Knowledge and Innovation Community (KIC) supported by the European Institute of Innovation & Technology (EIT). Our mission is to turn Europe into a global leader in Information and Communication Technologies - ICT innovations. Our motto is empowering ICT top talents for the future.

Sustainable energy supply, intelligent traffic management and increasing the quality of life are just some of the challenges that society, business and politics will face in the future. Innovative ICT technologies offer new ways of giving a much needed boost to finding alternative solutions. Education, Research and Business are three elements in the EIT ICT Labs “Knowledge Triangle” and key drivers of the knowledge-based society. EIT ICT Labs aims to create a new breed of innovators and entrepreneurs that can develop breakthrough ideas - supported all the way to the market.

EIT ICT Labs Co-location centres in Berlin, Eindhoven, Helsinki, Paris, Stockholm and Trento play a vital role as virtual and live meeting places for project members, students, entrepreneurs, SMEs and start-ups as well as major industrial partners searching for new talents and new innovative opportunities. Mobility is a key factor – we bring people together across geographical and organizational borders. EIT ICT Labs – Bringing ICT Innovations to Life.

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