Uniting tech experts, professors, and students to reform Ukraine’s tech education
The IT Expert project – is one of the most important educational initiatives of the Lviv IT Cluster. In cooperation with universities and IT companies of Lviv, we create and constantly modernize innovative bachelor’s programs in the tech field. Educational programs that respond to the market needs allow us to prepare graduates who do not require additional training for employment.
What distinguishes our educational programs from others?
Our programs are aimed to meet the requests of the industry, the course focuses on training the skills needed to work in IT companies, and students from the first year of study work on their own projects.
For the modernization of educational programs, the Lviv IT Cluster establishes close cooperation between its member companies and university departments. That allows involving experts in the educational process who have teaching experience and are aware of the current and future needs of the IT industry.
Fields of cooperation:
Student mentoring is an essential component of tech education development. Mentors from IT companies directly impact the quality of knowledge and contribute to the development of student initiatives. Therefore, as part of the IT Expert project, we initiated the creation of the Mentor Support Program.
The program’s activity and support include two key processes: supporting the mentors by the Lviv IT Cluster and by the IT companies that are involved in the program.
Thanks to the Mentors Support Program, the Mentors Community was formed – an informal community of IT specialists who regularly participate in mentoring students of Lviv IT Cluster educational programs. Each participant can be both a mentor and a mentee simultaneously as this community facilitates the exchange of mentoring experiences, developing personal specialist skills, and networking among like-minded people.
Benefits of participation in Mentors Community from the Lviv IT Cluster:
Companies supporting the employees’ mentoring within the Lviv IT Cluster educational programs are developing an individual motivation system.
We recommend that companies include students’ mentoring in a career growth matrix.
The Lviv IT Cluster, together with tech companies, opened 4 innovative student labs at the Ivan Franko National University of Lviv and Lviv Polytechnic National University.
1. Internet of things lab in Lviv Polytechnic National University
Companies that contributed the most are PLVision, SoftServe, Ciklum and Cypress. Other sponsors are Eleks, Sombra, KindGeek, Vakoms, V.I.Tech, Lohika, GlobalLogic, Intellias, N-iX, Conscensia, Perfectial, and Vector Software.
2. Infopulse Data Science & Machine Learning Lab in Ivan Franko National University of Lviv
Created with the financial support of Infopulse for Data Science & Intelligent Systems students.
3. “Projecting and constructing IoT lab” in Lviv Polytechnic National University
General partners are Sigma Software and SoftServe, exclusive partner PLVision, gold partners Intellias, Perfectial, Conscensia, and silver partner is Vakoms.