ICT STUDY IN ENGLISH IN THE EYES OF POLISH AND KYRGYZ STUDENTS
The ICT industry is amenable to globalisation. In the global market operating ICT companies the most commonly used language is English. As a consequence, companies need specialists fluent in this language, including elements of the jargon of the trade. At the same time higher education in the countries of Eastern Europe and Central Asia is gradually upgrading. One of the directions is the internationalisation of education. In the area of ICT internationalisation studies primarily means the development and implementation of study curricula in English.
The requirements of the labour market in the area of ICT are recognised by both students and teachers. This paper presents the results of research into the interest of undergraduate ICT students in continuing postgraduate education in English.
During the study mainly three hypotheses were tested:
H1. ICT undergraduate students are ready and willing to study in English at Master's level.
H2. The primary motive for studying in English is a higher salary at work.
H3. Fear of studies in English is the main de-motivator in choosing this option.
The research was carried out by a questionnaire among ICT students of two technical universities: the Lublin University of Technology (Lublin, Poland) and the Iskhak Razzakov Kyrgyz State Technical University (Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan). The study involved more than 70% of the ICT undergraduate students. Both survey groups were subjected to the same methodology of research and processing of results.
The paper presents the research methodology and results of research. Differences between the perception of the problem by the Polish and Kyrgyz ICT students are discussed in detail.