SoftAware: Kick-off meeting, Leiria Portugal
The kick-off meeting of the Erasmus+ project ‘SoftAware: International cooperation in the field of higher education for developing software talents’ (Project no. 2019-1-BG01-KA203-062553) took place in Leiria, Portugal on 7th – 8th November 2019, hosted by INSTITUTO POLITECNICO DE LEIRIA. Twelve (12) participants attended the meeting from 7 partner organisations and 5 European countries.
The main focus of the 1st Transnational Project Meeting was to present to the partners the SoftAware project, its objectives, its Intellectual Outputs and the expected outcomes. Moreover, the actual implementation of the Intellectual Output 1: Bachelor Degree Curriculum in Software Technologies and Intellectual Output 2: Software Open Online Courses started.
Furthermore, the Project Management and Implementation, the Financial Management, The Quality Management and the Sustainability Plan were also reviewed, providing information on the project coordination by TECHNICAL UNIVERSITY OF SOFIA and the way the consortium will work in order to achieve the project’s objectives. In addition to all the above, all partners had the opportunity to get to know each other, learn about the organisations of the consortium and their teams.
The first meeting established a future successful cooperation and formed the basis of the work that will be carried out in the next 24 months.
“SoftAware: International cooperation in the field of higher education for developing software talents” aims to create a transnational partnership between the major actors responsible for IT professionals’ enhancement, namely HE, research centres, employers, professional associations, social partners, VET providers and SMEs to foster the development of software talents across Europe.
During the 2 years of implementation of SoftAware, the aim of the partners is to create stable networks of reference stakeholders for ICT and software development in 4 of the partner countries – Lithuania, Bulgaria, Portugal and Cyprus whose goal will be to foster the continuous update of the educational curriculum, through:
- IO1 Bachelor Degree Curriculum in Software Technologies
- IO2 SoftAware Open Online Courses
- IO3 SoftAware Soft Skills Toolkit for University Lecturers in Computer Sciences
Target-groups: HE Students from partner universities’ faculties and across
Europe, HE Teachers and other academic staff, HE Stakeholders responsible for IT professionals’ enhancement, namely employers, professional associations, social partners, VET providers, higher education, research centres, regulatory bodies and local/regional/national authorities.