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Issue 53

When an IT company supports Academia!

Cristina Costescu
HR Corporate @ NTT DATA România
OTHERS

We are a company which seeks to grow the IT community and invest in the development of people's IT skills. We believe that investing in the professional development of IT and Software professionals is an investment in the future of our company.

Our initiatives to support the educational system range from the support given to BA degree programs, the support given to reconversion programs and the organization of specialized educational programs. Therefore, we chose to invest, alongside other IT companies in the BA program run by Babeș-Bolyai University, the Faculty of Mathematics and Informatics, the German line. In addition to the financial support we provide for this line of study, the students enrolled in the Ist, IInd and IIIrd year of this program, carry on their courses and seminars at the NTT DATA Romania headquarters in Cluj Napoca, in the laboratories and the rooms specially designed to accommodate didactical activities.

Because we want to contribute to adapting our university programs for the purpose of meeting the employers' needs in the IT field, we identified, within our company, possible mentors who are willing to contribute to the teaching curricula and the teaching methods, in addition to coordinating the students' BA diplomas. The employees of NTT DATA Romania closely collaborate with the teaching staff in the partner universities from all the locations where we hold classes and seminars. Until now, our employees contribute to 6 specialty classes held in the universities in Cluj, Timișoara, Iași, Brașov, București and Sibiu.

We aim at increasing visibility of our company among students, reason for which the students are invited to participate in the events organized for our employees, the parties, the theme nights and many others. We even implemented a personal and professional development program, to prepare the students for their first contact with the labor market. Talent Management Junior is such a program where students participate in training sessions and technical workshops meant to develop their soft skills.

Due to the increasing demand for IT specialists, together with our partners in Academia, we developed a form of study that can instruct young people through a short-term training program. The Postgraduate Training Program in IT, proposed by NTT DATA Romania in collaboration with Babeș-Bolyai University, was approved by the National Ministry of Education and Scientific Research. It is an opportunity for people who already have university studies, who want to change their field of study towards IT & Software. The program runs for 2 years, split across 4 semesters. We believe we are the first who can have a positive influence on Romanian education.

These initiatives are a success in growing the quality of Romanian education.

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