BTH project won the European Skills Award 2016

In competition with 250 other European projects, the BTH project PROMPT (Professional Master in Software Engineering) won the EU competition European Digital Skills Award 2016 which was held in Brussels on December 1.

The project won the category Digital skills for ICT professionals which was one of four categories. The European Digital Skills Award is an award instituted by the EU to celebrate outstanding projects developing the digital competences of Europeans; for work, education and life in general.

– It’s extremely fun that PROMPT is getting attention since the investment is critical not only to BTH, but also to Swedish companies. PROMPT is the engine of the development of new didactic models to enable professionals to gain expert knowledge at university level – while they are working. This is a big challenge, but absolutely necessary as there is a great shortage of skilled software engineers and software developers in Sweden – and unfortunately, the contribution of newly graduated is too low, says professor Tony Gorschek, project manager at BTH.

– Another thing that is amazing with PROMPT is that the delivered courses and education also benefit traditional students when the courses become sharper, more applied and in cooperation with the people who are already working – in other words, students and professionals benefit each other.

About the project
PROMPT is a national educational initiative in cooperation with BTH, Mälardalen University (MDH), the University of Gothenburg/Chalmers and the Swedish ICT Research Institute. Together, the institutions offer flexible, web-based and free Master’s courses for professional engineers and software developers.

PROMPT means Professional Master in Software Engineering and is funded by the Knowledge Foundation. It started in 2013, but was granted expansion in 2015. In 2017 PROMPT will offer 20 new, specially developed advanced courses for professional engineers and developers. They are developed in cooperation with Swedish companies. The courses are web-based and are offered on a part-time basis; a prerequisite for being able to combine studies and work. The courses are free for both the student and the company. In the autumn of 2017, 8 PROMPT courses will be offered at BTH.

For more information, contact the project manager Tony Gorschek; tony.gorschek@bth.se, +46 455-38 50 57.

7 December 2016