DIT School of Computing wins European Funding for EU-Korean ICT project

Posted: 15 October, 2014

GlobalWorkIT - Connecting the world’s leading ICT sectors

DIT School of Computing recently won significant EU funding for the GlobalWorkIT project with its partner colleges in Korea, Germany and Finland. GlobalWorkIT will prepare European and Korean students for employment in the international ICT industry by enhancing mutual understanding of global ICT issues, languages and cultures. “The targeted approach of connecting world leading ICT sectors in Finland, Korea, Ireland and Germany, and connecting the largest Schools of Computer Science in these regions, is an innovative approach which has critical mass on an international scale” said Dr. Deirdre Lillis, Head of School of Computing in DIT ‘It aligns perfectly with the School strategy of being a key source of skills for the global ICT hub in Dublin and allows us to expand our experience of Eastern cultures to Korea”.  

The main activities funded are:

  • student mobility which includes technical, cultural & linguistic training and industry experience for 36 EU and 63 Korean students
  • an online module (the Global Classroom ) available to both mobility (99) and other students (54) to provide an ‘internationalisation at home’ opportunity for students that cannot travel (153 total)
  • an internationalised computer science curriculum which will lead to KEDDIT – A Korean-European Double Degree in Information Technology and (iv) a faculty mobility (18 EU and 12 Korean mobilities). It therefore has the potential to impact the learning experiences of thousands of students over the next ten years.  Overall a EU-Korea network of ICT professionals will be established which will underpin trade in the two regions for years to come.  One 1 in 9 applications were funded in this highly competitive scheme 

GlobalWorkIT has four primary activities:-

1. An integrated EU-Korea student mobility programme with industry experience

This includes (i) industry experience with an innovation-oriented and internationally focused ICT multinational or SME company, or research institute (ii) accredited modules in specialist computer science topics (iii) Cultural and linguistic training in the Korean and English language (with options for Chinese, German, Spanish, Irish, Finnish and French) and  (vi) cultural studies training. The target is 36 EU and 63 Korean student mobilities of 4 months duration in the Spring semester each year.

2. An online module – the ’Global Classroom’

The semester-long Global Classroom module, delivered online across timezones, countries and cultures is unique and innovative. The student’s international experiences are captured by using work practices in the global ICT industry (e.g. teleconferencing, time differences, project management in geographically distributed context, etc). Students reflect on their own international experiences, share and learn from each other.   As the module is part as part of DIT’s BSc in Computer Science (International) degree, it is fully accredited and formally assessed and student from more than ten nationalities take the module.  It will be available to (i) all students participating in the EU-ICI mobility programme (n=99) and (ii) n=54 other students.  This will extend the reach of the EU-ICI programme to allow for an ‘internationalisation at home experience’ for students who cannot travel abroad for personal, financial, health or other reasons.

3. An internationalised curriculum in Computer Science

Over the course of the project a Joint Double Degree between the EU and Korean partners will be developed, by building on the existing European Double Degree in Information Technology which is in place between the three European partners.  Experiences captured from this EU-ICI project (e.g. innovative curricula, new teaching methods, real world case studies etc.) will inform the development of this Double Degree.

4. A faculty mobility programme

The faculty mobility programme will support the student mobility programme, the delivery of the Global Classroom module and the development of internationalised computer science curriculum. It will enable comparison of didactic approaches across the globe, the development of real world case studies to support an internationalised computer science curriculum and the development of industry engagement relationships with international SME companies through the partner institutions.  The target is 18 EU and 12 Korean faculty mobilities of one week duration.

Added Value and Quality

The targeted approach of connecting world leading ICT sectors in Finland, Korea, Ireland and Germany, and connecting the largest Schools of Computer Science in these regions, is an innovative approach which has critical mass on an interntional scale.  GlobalWorkIT will encapsulate the experiences and lessons learned from previous international projects in the six partners into a ‘capstone’ internationalised computer science curriculum which has global relevance, providing a return on investment for both EU-ICI and previous funding. It therefore has the potential to impact the learning experiences of thousands of students over the next ten years.  In the long term GlobalWorkIT will lead to a sustainable relationship between the EU and Korean partner Institutions and lead to a joint EU-Korea degree in Computer Science.  A relationship between EU and Korean education and industry partners will be built and industry sponsorship for student mobilities beyond the lifetime of the project will be secured.  Students will benefit by enhancing their employability through work and study experience in a very different culture.  They will develop their language skills and gain access to specialist computer science modules which might not be available in their home university.  Overall a EU-Korea network of ICT professionals will be established which will underpin trade in the two regions for years to come. The online Global Classroom module is unique and innovative and it enables students to experience the complexities of working in an international ICT company, to share their own experiences and learn from the experiences of other students.  The Global Classroom module also provides an ‘internationalisation at home experience’ for students that cannot travel abroad for personal or other reasons.  The faculty mobility programme will enable staff to experience teaching in different cultures and compare didactic methods and student performance across the globe.  Connections into international companies through the partner institutions will be developed thus offering and running international projects not only with the international partners, but also with their industry links.

For more details see  www.dit.ie/computing


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