Colleges and universities regularly co-operate with employers in order to align academic educational provision with employer skills needs. The e-CF has been developed to facilitate ease of communication between different ICT communities and is therefore an ideal tool to support these HE/employer discussions. It can also be used as a benchmark and increases transparency of HE study content across national borders.
This section provides examples of organisations applying the e-CF in this context; they have agreed to be featured here.
Hogeschool Utrecht uses the e-CF as a foundation to their IT professional education offering (bachelor and master courses). Furthermore the research group ‘Process innovation and information systems’ is doing research (in cooperation with EXIN) on the adoption and implementation of e-CF in the Netherlands.
“We used e-CF to redesign our Master of Informatics (Msc). It’s now flexible, modular and based on e-CF profiles, in this way we have closed the gap to demand from business.”
Anita Bosman, Educational Manager
Transport and telecommunications Institute,
The Higher Education and research Institute implements ERASMUS+ Project “Implementation of Software Engineering Competence Remote Evaluation for Master Program Graduates” Project ID – 2015-1-LV01-KA203-013439. One of the main activities is development and implementation of the methodology for evaluation of Master Program Graduate’s competence in SE &ST on the base of European e-CF. One of their main goals is to promote the use of learning outcomes using e-CF to describe and define qualifications, parts of qualifications and curricula, in order to support teaching, learning and assessment.
CCII – Consejo General de Colegios Profesionales de Ingeniería Informática de España,
The Spanish CCII promotes the use of the e-CF (EN 16234) to generate a standardised version of Spanish university qualifications in informatics engineering: Implementing a specification for competence content of official bachelor and master of informatics engineering Spanish university degrees.
CCII are currently analysing the informatics engineering professional competences to identify any that are not included in the e-CF current version (EN 16234) in order to contribute to the next update.
Université de Toulouse and Université de Grenoble,
The French universities of Grenoble and Toulouse link the Business Informatics Masters (MIAGE) curricula in France by mapping the syllables to the e-CF. Their curricula is structured into 5 teaching domains, 22 teaching themes and 125 learning units; each teaching theme is linked to e-CF competences and each is specified with some of the 620 learning outcomes. It was built by academia but with strong relations to business.
All Estonian qualification standards in ICT are developed on the basis of the e-CF. BCS Koolitus is the official professional certification authority in ICT in Estonia and uses the e-CF to develop the certification tools and principles. The e-CF has been successfully applied for building the common language between employers and universities for curriculum development.
The Hogeschool Dirksen state that recent developments require IT exams that identify competences within an international context. Therefore, the Foundation Platform ICT Hogescholen was founded with the Hogeschool Dirksen as one of the initiators and along with six other private colleges, they collaborate in the development of specifications for (inter)national ICT core exams for the first two years of undergraduate programs. These core exams, called PI exams, are based on the international recognised competences of the e-CF.
Matching the computing curricula at Sofia University with the e-CF has reflected on the bachelor, master and doctoral levels of education. Sofia University uses the methodology and tools developed in the frames of the EC Sixth Framework European Integrated Project Ten-Competence and further plans include to pilot implementation of the e-CF.
University of Minho,
The e-CF is used as a framework of competences to illustrate the professional competences and job roles of future graduates in the fields of information systems and information technology.
University of Alcalà, departamento de ciencias de la computación,
Several European projects (e.g. eCF Concil, eSkills Match) and other research and education studies where e-CF is compared and combined with ESCO, Body of Knowledge and other frameworks and used for further training covering e-CF competences, skills and knowledge.
“Depicting ethically oriented leadership as a lifecycle process and changing from diagnosis to intervention results in active players within the process, achieving equal importance. Our research results in the context of innovation processes prove that technical and personal competences of individuals must be recognised and developed to respond to the continuously changing technical demands and ethical challenges placed on leaders. The e-CF, especially with the look at industry 4.0, provides a decisive step towards process oriented development of individual competences. Competence analysis provides an opportunity for meaningful intervention. Overall this will contribute to a remarkable improvement of personnel development within the ICT sector Europe-wide, especially with regard to the globaly competitive environment.”
Stefan Kunkel, Institut für Wirtschafts- und Sozialethik Marburg
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