University program in Software Engineering Management

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Challenging the IT qualification and innovations in Bulgaria” partnership program is launched by ESI Center Bulgaria with the support of the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and America for Bulgaria Foundation. The goal of the program is to provide contemporary content and training courses on software engineering and IT services management, with a specific focus on modern training methods and style.

The cluster of courses will be developed and adapted in partnership with the Software Engineering Institute of Carnegie Mellon University (Pittsburgh, USA) – one of the top leaders in computers science and engineering, and the provider of the IT industry quality standards (Capability Maturity Model Integration, CMMI). The program includes building local capacity by “train-the-trainer” component – qualification of Bulgarian trainers, lead professors and assistants, under the coaching of Carnegie Mellon University lecturers.

The Program will involve devoted lecturers from various universities, with respective background qualification and with proven students’ appreciation. Their selection and participation will be performed through a partnership with the leading universities and the IT business. The leading “suppliers” of professionals to the IT industry (as reported by the IT business, BASSCOM survey) are invited to partner – Sofia University, Technical University, New Bulgarian University, American University in Bulgaria. The expanded team will involve also professors from all the country – Plovdiv, Varna, Ruse etc. Thus, in addition to the main master level courses, the know-how will reach in adapted format large scale of wide IT profile student, and students from other disciplines. 

The successful implementation of the pilot project will establish the basis for introduction of internationally recognized master degree program in partnership with the Software Engineering Institute of Carnegie Mellon University, and with the support of the Ministry of Education, Youth and Science. The final goal is all – students, professors, future employers, users and international clients to “speak” the same language – the language of quality. Because quality, in addition to the well appreciated talents, are the main competitive advantages of Bulgarian IT industry.

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