The main purpose of introducing the new discipline is to spread the trend towards the creation of startups among university students and to improve the qualification of teachers.
The first deputy minister of education and science, Vitrenko Andrii, said that they want Ukraine’s academic system to turn into competitive to the European one, so it is important to develop the field of information technology as a cutting-edge industry of our time.
Seven Ukrainian academic establishments will participate in the pilot project:
- National university Chernihiv Polytechnic;
- National University Odessa Law Academy;
- Kyiv National University of Construction and Architecture;
- The national technical university of Ukraine Ihor Sikorsky Polytechnic Institute of Kyiv;
- Hetman Vadym Kyiv National Economic University;
- National Aviation University;
- State Tax Institute.
Such initiative will be implemented in 28 cities of Ukraine and implemented by YEP startup-incubator in cooperation with the Ministry of digital transformation of Ukraine, the Ministry of education and science of Ukraine, the Ukrainian Startup Fund, Genesis, and the platform Diya. Business with the support of the USAID program Competitive Economy of Ukraine.
While training economic and technological faculties, students will get knowledge and motivation for further development in the IT-sphere and development of their IT products. The course will include interactive sessions, lectures from practicians, mentor support, micro education units, case-method technique and experience of modern Ukrainian companies, and tasks on LMS-platform (system for comfortable distance learning). Students who complete the course will receive certificates.
During the pilot implementation in academic institutions, there will be created working groups, including representatives of the Ministry of education and Science, the Ministry of digital transformation, academic establishments, partners of the program, and students. The teacher-coordinator will be determined within the framework of the discipline of which the course will be studied. The teachers involved in the pilot project will be trained correspondingly. The course program will be improved by the feedback of scholars and teachers, which they will give in and post-session. According to the testing results, the course will be taught permanently in more than 50 universities from September 2022.