Notable businesses and educational institutions have turned St.Gallen into a very attractive IT hub. “IT rocks!” is a supra-regional networking initiative addressing the lack of skilled workers. Furthermore, thanks to the cantonal IT educational campaign, both the community and local businesses can reap the benefits of digitalisation.
The independent consortium of ICT companies and educational institutes in the IT sector within the economic area of Eastern Switzerland aims at actively positioning the region as an IT hub. In fact, this region is home to some 2,000 ICT businesses with about 20,000 employees. Highly skilled specialists are the cornerstone for a thriving ICT sector. “IT rocks!” therefore actively curates a job platform for all its members and cooperates with training partners in order to expand the range of training and further education opportunities in the ICT sector.
The aim of St.Gallen’s IT education campaign is to address the lack of skilled workers and to promote the region as a business hub. It sows the seeds for a fertile environment where both the community as well as local businesses can reap the benefits of digitalisation. 75 million Swiss francs will be invested over a period of eight years, funding skills related to digitalisation and MINT (mathematics, IT, natural sciences and technology). With this campaign, the canton of St.Gallen expects to become a leading centre for digitalising business models, and its citizens to actively shape the digital transformation. The IT campaign is aimed at all school levels and blazes a trail for future projects across Switzerland.
Eastern Switzerland offers numerous opportunities for further education and training in the IT sector, with new courses being constantly added to the curriculum. The objective is to train the local population and to ensure that the collective knowledge is passed on to the local businesses.
The Startfeld innovation network, the Empa, GBS St.Gallen, the University of Applied Sciences, the University of Teacher Education St.Gallen, and the University of St.Gallen have joined forces to establish Smartfeld, an interdisciplinary campaign, whose goal is to promote creativity and future skills, and to prepare children and young people for the challenges of the digital age.
Switzerland is currently lacking skilled workers in IT. The goal of the ICT Scouts campaign and their ICT Campus is to address this shortage. Talented schoolchildren between 12 and 13 are sought out and can develop their skills on the ICT campus where they get to grips with the basics of IT and receive the ideal preparation for an apprenticeship in the sector.
The new school offers the HSG’s first study programme in IT. The M.Sc. programme will launch in autumn 2021. The Bachelor’s programme will be offered in the autumn semester of 2022. The School of Computer Science focusses on the following four areas: Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning, Data Science, Interaction- and Communication-based Systems and Software Systems Programming and Development.
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Computer Science at the OST Eastern Switzerland University of Applied Sciences
IT systems are virtually indispensable – whether in business, politics or society. The role of the computer scientist therefore becomes increasingly important. A degree in Computer Science from the OST Eastern Switzerland University of Applied Sciences will give you the tools you need to pursue a career as a specialist or manager.