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Lviv IT Cluster Academy

Establishment of a new type of vocational education institutions for the training of high-quality technical specialists

About the project

Lviv IT Cluster Academy is a Lviv IT Cluster project aimed at updating curricula in vocational schools in cooperation with IT specialists.

In September 2021, the first updated program “Information Processing and Software Operator” was launched at the Vocational School №29.

The program gives students a chance to learn the basics of programming and work on their first projects. Experts from Lviv IT companies are involved in the teaching process. In particular, they teach the Basics of Programming, the Basics of Testing, Algorithms and Data Structures, and English for Professional Purposes.

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There are currently 19 vocational schools in Lviv with 8,362 students. The vocational school №29 is attended by students who begin studies after the 9th grade of regular school, gaining more practical knowledge for three years. They can continue their studies at the university or immediately start working in the profession. Lviv IT Cluster will update study programs related to the tech industry in such educational institutions.

Lviv IT Cluster has been engaged in systemic changes in education since 2016. Today, within our initiative, 18 updated bachelor’s programs are available at four universities in Lviv. We decided to use our experience of cooperation with IT companies and educational institutions to change the level of vocational education. We have started a workgroup of IT professionals, managers, and teachers whose task is to modernize the existing curriculum. We also aim to deepen cooperation between vocational education institutions and companies, involving students in practical classes and internships at tech companies in Lviv.

Project goals

  • to create an alternative study option for students who have chosen their major after the 9th grade of school, have the desire to study and work in the tech industry, and are ready to receive professional education at a vocational school
  • to change the perception of vocational education institution graduates
  • to increase the number of high-quality tech specialists
  • to increase the number of graduates ready to start working in the industry right after graduation from the vocational education institution


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