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Global entrepreneurial talent management is a key challenge for the software sector internationally where competition for high-end skills is intense. SMEs are at a significant disadvantage when competing with major multinationals to access these skills. The Information and Communications Technology sector accounts for 5% of all employment in the EU and there are 900,000 vacancies in this sector in 2017 , however over 50% of senior ICT managers believe graduates lack the necessary combination of technical, business and interpersonal skills . In addition, only 4 in 1000 women work in the ICT sector .
To address these challenges, HubLinked, an EU-funded Knowledge Alliance partnership of 11 industry and HE partners in the EU and Korea, is developing an integrated curriculum for industry-oriented, internationalised, innovation focused and interdisciplinary Computer Science degrees (“CSI4”). CSI4 features Global Labs, where teams of students work across timezones to prototype software, an internationalization-at-home experience which mimics working in a global ICT campany.
Lillis, D. et al. (2017) Global Software Innovators Strengthening the Software Innovation Capacity of Europe and Korea. The 2017 International Conference on Global Entrepreneurial Talent Management and Social Collaboration, Daegu, South Korea, July 2017.