A NEW APPROACH IN COMPUTER SCIENCE EDUCATION TO ENSURE OPTIMAL EMPLOYABILITY OF GRADUATES AND TO REDUCE DROPOUTS

R. Pucher

University of Applied Sciences - Technikum Wien (AUSTRIA)
Study courses at Universities of Applied Sciences in Austria are especially designed to optimize education for today needs of companies and students. During the last 20 years several approaches have been optimized. Feedback of companies employing graduates have been among the main driving factors in the process of developing study programs. A second need of adaption of study programs arises from the needs of students [1]. Today almost all students of computer science start to work in their field while still studying. In many cases this is comes from the fact that companies are intensively trying to attract students, as the labor market in the IT field increasingly demands personnel. This in turn leads to many drop outs of students who are not going to finish their studies. One approach to overcome this problem is to integrate work into the education of students in computer science. At the University of Applied Sciences Technikum Wien, such a program started on the bachelor level in computer science [2]. In the present paper the authors describe a program on the master´s level in software engineering, which will be introduced in fall 2019. Details of the program will be given.

References:
[1] Pucher, Robert ; Holweg, Gerd ; Mandl, Thomas ; Salzbrunn, Benedikt (2015) Optimizing Higher Education for the Professional Student – The Example of Computer Science Education at the University of Applied Sciences Technikum Wien Conference: X International GUIDE Conference, Vienna, Austria, September 16-18, 2015, At Vienna, Austria, Volume: In proceedings.of the X International GUIDE Conference, Vienna, Austria, September 16-18, 2015 (http://www.guideassociation.org/proceedings/Guide_2015_Vienna/Proceedings_Vienna.pdf)
[2] https://www.technikum-wien.at/duales-studium-bachelor-studiengang-informatik/