BENEFIT - Boosting the telecommunications engineer profile to meet modern society and industry needs






Project title: Boosting the telecommunications engineer profile to meet modern society and industry needs / BENEFIT


Funded by the ERSMUS+ (KA2) programme


Project partners: University Banja Luka;University Sarajevo; University Niš; University Tuzli;  University Beograd; ERICSSON Nikola Tesla d.d.; Josip Juraj Strossmayer University of Osijek (FERIT); BICOM d.o.o. Zenica, CISCO d.o.o. Beograd, Klaster Ni-Cat, RT-RK d.o.o. Novi Sad; University Ljubljana; University Novi Sad


Project duration: 15.10.2017.-14.10.2020.


Universities in the Western Balkan (WB) region that offer study programs in telecommunication engineering are experiencing a reduced number of students despite the fact that telecommunications is a pillar in modern economy. The major reason is that the telecom industry is passing through significant changes and the labor market requires a new profile for the telecom engineer (TE): a professional that is trained in the broad ICT domain, that owns both technical and market oriented skills and, therefore, that can contribute to the techno-economic society challenges. To render the study program more attractive and to boost the TE profile, the project BENEFIT will work on three main pillars:

A) the cooperation between HEIs and industry to modernize the study program in telecommunication engineering;
B) the adoption of modern teaching methodologies and tools, the upgrade of the infrastructure, and the creation of joint university-industry labs;
C) the implementation of training of both teachers and students.

Furthermore, to increase the level of cooperation, visibility and sustained opportunities the project will develop an integrated e-platform giving access to class material for e-learning, training/internships in the region, listing of universities and companies, employment opportunities, and events of both technical nature and accessible to the general public.
Therefore, BENEFIT will contribute to shape a modern profile of graduates in telecom/ICT engineering bridging the gap with the job market needs, which is a concrete action in response to the recently announced programmatic goals by WB countries.


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