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Can higher education systems keep up with changes in labor market?

The journal “Technological Forecasting and Social Change” has published a scientific paper of our partners from the University of Pisa, where they show how natural language processing can help in finding an answer.

We still know little about the role of higher education in the digital transformation. If on one side the labour market is constantly evolving and is asking for an upskilling process of the workforce, higher education institutions struggle to be agile enough. Therefore, it is necessary to measure and to better understand this gap.

In the scientific paper “Are universities ready to deliver digital skills and competences?“, our partners from the University of Pisa: Irene Spada, Filippo Chiarello, Simone Barandoni, Gianluca Ruggi, Antonella Martini and Gualtiero Fantoni, describe a quantitative approach to deal with this problem, focusing on the marketing sector. Through text mining, they develop a model of automatic job competencies extraction from Italian texts, using it to retrieve the skills expressed both in the exam’s descriptions of universities and the job vacancies.

The results allow to compare the skills offered by higher education with the labor market’s needs in Italy, exploring and highlighting the digital gaps existing between the two.

ASSETs+ applied a similar approach in the automatic skills analysis realized during the first year of the project: we extracted skills from job vacancies using the automated algorithm presented in the paper. The automatic reading of the description allows us to detect patterns of terms similar to the ESCO skills and formalize the proposal for ESCO.

The ASSETs+ project aims to build a sustainable human resources supply chain for the European Defence Industry, that boosts innovation by both attracting highly-skilled young workers and upskilling its employees. The ASSETs+ main goal is to design and develop education and training programmes, from their prototyping to replication in other contexts,  to provide trainees with new skills and knowledge related to key technologies that will be expected in the Defence sector in the coming years.

Source: sciencedirect.com

ASSETs+ training programme: “Machine Learning for Defence”

Registration for new courses will open soon. Stay tuned!

The ASSETs+ main goal is to design and develop education and training programmes, from their prototyping to replication in other contexts,  to provide trainees with new skills and knowledge related to key technologies that will be expected in the Defence sector in the coming years.

You can watch below the video of one of the ASSETs+ prototype programmes, “Machine Learning for Defence”, designed by our partner University of Bordeaux, an intensive seasonal school including lectures by university teachers, team work on computers and conferences by Artificial Intelligence experts. This programme is using a project based learning approach with tutoring.

To design it, the University first looked at the professional skills needed, using active learning methodologies and students practice skills as they would on real life situations.

IMPORTANT: The ASSETs+ prototype programmes are EXCLUSIVE FOR partners of the ASSETs+ consortium and associated stakeholders. If you want to join the ASSETs+ Stakeholders Group and become part of our ecosystem, please, click here.

ASSETs+ Education & Training: Next Courses

European Defence industry is struggling in finding well-suited workers to ensure its leadership, competitiveness, and sustainability. In addition, there are many prejudices about Defence activities, however this industry is always at the frontiers of innovation offering the more advanced technologies and a very international and multidisciplinary environment.

The ASSETs+ project is working to explode the myths and biases around the Defence sector and designing new courses and challenges able to attract students’ attention.

ASSETs+ Prototype Programmes

The ASSETs+ prototype programmes aim to provide trainees with new skills and knowledge related to key technologies that will be expected in Defence sector in the coming years, more particularly Artificial Intelligence, Robotics, C4ISTAR and Cybersecurity. 

With the perspective of a replication in other contexts, courses providers will gather multiple information and suggestions to improve the content and format of the courses.

The courses are designed for:

  • Professionals working in Defence and AeroSpace Industry (up-skilling and re-skilling activities) 
  • University Students (3rd year of Licence and 1st year of Master)
  • Graduate University Students (2nd year of Master)


WHO CAN PARTICIPATE
Partners
of the ASSETs+ consortium and associated stakeholders.

WHEN ARE THE COURSES?
Running now finishing in June 2022.

Next Courses

IMPORTANT: These prototype programmes are EXCLUSIVE FOR partners of the ASSETs+ consortium and associated stakeholders.

Do you want to join the ASSETs+ Stakeholders Group and become part of our ecosystem?