“Bridging the Digital Talent Gap” Report Launched
On October 30th 2019, Informatics Europe in partnership with the European Commission’s Directorate-General for Communications Networks, Content and Technology (DG CONNECT) organised the workshop “Bridging the Digital Talent Gap – Towards Successful Industry-University Partnerships”.
The event brought together higher education organisations, industry and public policy makers to reflect and act on the problem of the Digital Talent Gap in Europe. The workshop was intended to debate and propose concrete solutions on possible ways of increasing the specialised educational offer in the areas of Artificial Intelligence, Cyber Security and Software Engineering.
How to Bridge the Digital Talent Gap
The main goal of the workshop was to bring together Academia, Industry and Policy for an open dialogue in the search of solutions for the widespread problem of the digital talent gap in Europe.
Recommendations for Artificial Intelligence:
- Universities need to develop more specific master courses in the area.
- Universities need to develop curricula that are accessible to students without a specialized Informatics background (to support the creation of basic expertise in Artificial Intelligence also for experts in other disciplines).
- Universities need to include in the Artificial Intelligence curricula contents that specifically address ethical and societal issues.
- The education system needs to be more productive, insisting more on the increase of the number of skilled graduates in Artificial Intelligence, also including PhDs, which seems a rather viable solution to give EU small companies better chances to recruit talented Artificial Intelligence experts.
- More effective collaboration between Academia and Industry should exist at the stage of design and shaping of new curricula, also as part of “National strategies for Artificial Intelligence”, which must give priority to actions that support this collaboration.
- The creation of an EU institute for AI, as a permanent structure, that can support the development of EU tools and platforms for research and development in AI. This institute would favour aggregation of researchers, support the dissemination of EU tools in third-level education and provide companies with a technically competitive basis to develop AI-based solutions.
The Institute for Advanced Study (IAS) and Data Science Center (DSC) of the University of Amsterdam (UvA) are joining forces in a new joint fellowship for (teams of) researchers interested in exploring the intersection of data science and other disciplines. The first fellow of the new program, Dr. Davide Ceolin, will start his fellowship at the IAS on June 17. Ceolin is currently affiliated with CWI.
Nanda Piersma, lecturer at the University of Applied Sciences (AUAS), has been appointed as a crown member of the Social and Economic Counsil (SER). This is the first time that a lecturer has been appointed as member of the SER. Nanda Piersma was approached because of her expertise in the field of digitisation.
The ADS Thesis Awards aim to promote excellence in Data Science and AI from students at BSc and Master level. The Awards are open to students from all Amsterdam-based knowledge institutes.