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AAU will provide IT competences to industry in Esbjerg

AAU will provide IT competences to industry in Esbjerg

Technological development is roaring ahead at a pace that will only increase in the coming years. This is creating significant changes in the labour market, where the need for competences within IT and digitisation is predicted to explode in the coming years. This is also the case in Esbjerg, which is why Aalborg University (AAU) will launch a new IT specialisation in Esbjerg in September.

A McKinsey report prepared for the Disruption Council in 2017 indicates that industry, especially in South and West Jutland, will see the automation of a significant number of jobs over the coming years. This means that the industry in i.a. Esbjerg has a growing need for IT skills. AAU is accommodating that agenda by launching a new IT specialisation in September, where future students enrolled on the programme “Applied Industrial Electronics” will be able to choose to specialise in IT and cyber systems. 

- What I call the robotisation of industry is going to mean an increased need for competences within IT. The new specialisation must meet this need so that we can provide competences that contribute to the industry's ability to continue to develop and adapt their business to a more digital and sustainable future, says Olav Geil, Vice Dean for Education at the Faculty of Engineering and Science.

He hopes that many young people will be able to see the bright prospects for the future in Esbjerg and apply to the programme, precisely because the demand from the industry in Esbjerg is so great.

- We know that it is easier to retain graduates who were educated in Esbjerg than it is to attract graduates who were educated in other cities, says Olav Geil.

In the long run, the new specialisation will provide access to a future master’s programme with an IT focus.

Programming of robots and drones

Among the needs that have arisen in the wake of the increased automation of industry are skills within, and knowledge of how to smartly manage, the electronics that have taken over the manual tasks. The need exists in all companies with some degree of automation. For example, these skills may concern the programming of microprocessors that can control robots, drones, and the power electronics that control and convert the power from wind turbines and solar cells.

- For students with an interest in IT and digitisation, it is really good that they can now also apply for this new educational offering at AAU in Esbjerg. With the IT specialisation, students gain skills that are based on a combination of electronics and IT, and this is exactly the combination that is in great demand in the Esbjerg area. You might say that graduates from the programme will be in demand in all industries where automation and digitisation occur, says Simon Pedersen, who is the section leader for AAU’s Energy Section at the Esbjerg campus.

Education based on real problems

Like AAU’s other programmes, the new IT specialisation is based on AAU’s internationally recognised PBL model. Here, emphasis is on students collaborating to solve real problems throughout the programme, and this will give the graduates a head start after graduation.

- For the students, the fact that they have already collaborated with companies and fellow students to solve real problems through their studies is a big plus. It provides them with a solid foundation for bringing value to a future employer. And this is an approach for which AAU is internationally recognised, says Olav Geil.

Prospective students can apply for the programme “Applied Industrial Electronics” with the IT specialisation until 12 noon on 5 July, which is the deadline for this year’s quota 1 applications.


Olav Geil
Prodekan for uddannelse ved Det Ingeniør- og Naturvidenskabelige Fakultet på AAU
Tlf. 3012 5865

Simon Pedersen
Sektionsleder på AAU’s Energisektion på campus i Esbjerg
Tlf. 3066 3663