The IT University of Copenhagen (ITU) has entered a collaboration agreement with China's Beijing University to strengthen students' opportunities to learn to collaborate globally. A group of Chinese students is now collaborating with students from ITU on two development projects. Earlier this month, the Danish university also signed a collaboration agreement with Singapore Management University.
Mads Tofte, rector of ITU told financial daily newspaper Børsen that in a globalised world, it is important that students learn to collaborate across cultures. "We will create new training programmes which give students a necessary competence for a globalised world. They need to learn software development, but also communication. They need to learn that in addition to hardcore programming, a software developer must learn to collaborate and write clearly," Tofte said.
At ITU, a group of students are currently working on how a research team in Hyderabad, India, can get a teaching programme out to 300 million illiterate Indians. The programme can teach an illiterate person to read in 40 hours. The students will use modern mobile phones as a channel since there are eight million new mobile users in India each month.
"Many of our students would like to do something for the world, and this project provides that opportunity," commented Tofte.
Together with Singapore Management University, ITU is also developing a programme for project managers on the global labour market.
"The technological development will have a great impact on many social conditions – not least working processes in the corporate world. The workplace of the future can consist of a factory in Singapore, a head office in Seattle, a finance department in India and a global project manager in Denmark. This requires new digital competences. Talented students in Denmark must therefore learn to exploit their competences in collaboration with global collaborations partners," concludes Mads Tofte.