To support the Company’s global commitment to STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) education, empowering women in IT and developing more software engineering computer science talent, Senior Vice President Bjarne Rasmussen will also join the board of a Master degree programme, which begins in September 2015 and was developed by the University of Applied Sciences and Arts Western Switzerland (HES-SO).
“CA Technologies is a global company with a local commitment to foster tomorrow’s talent,” says Bjarne Rasmussen, chief technology officer and senior vice president, CA Technologies, EMEA. “We are very excited to be working with both the EPFL and HEIG-VD universities to further develop students’ technology skills that are needed in the application economy. This investment aligns with the Company’s recent announcement that it has joined The European Commission’s Grand Coalition to further facilitate collaboration amongst businesses and education providers to help attract young people to learn ICT subjects, and to address the major shortfall in the development of IT expertise across the continent.
HEIG-VD students will also be visiting CA Technologies R&D facilities in Silicon Valley during 2015 as part of their degree course, to gain practical experience and to learn more about the culture of innovation in the Company.
Every year, CA Technologies donates a total of CHF 200,000 in seed finance across both universities to kick-start innovation. The first to benefit from the investment is a pair of post-doctoral fellows at EPFL who are building a start-up around the web-service called MakeSends. It is a digital ‘safe’ for transferring highly confidential documents and is considerably more secure than most other FTP and other file transfer solutions currently on the market.
“We warmly welcome the depth and breadth of education support CA Technologies is offering EPFL,” says Adrienne Corboud Fumagalli, vice president for Innovation and Technology Transfer, EPFL, which is ranked 17th in the QS World University Rankings. “As a global leader in IT—and especially in the application economy—CA Technologies is able to advise students on the evolving nature of technology and how their skills can be harnessed to make a difference. The financial investment in student initiatives is warmly welcomed too; it encourages innovation and the career prospects for both men and women in technology.”
STEM skills are becoming an increasingly important part of basic literacy in today’s knowledge-based economy. According to the Commerce Department, for example, people in STEM fields can expect to earn 26% more money and be less likely to experience job loss. However, interest in STEM topics is declining among most European countries, and the EU forecasts that by 2015, at least 700,000 young people will leave education without basic skills in STEM.
In Europe, CA Technologies supports a range of initiatives to help transform the lives of young people. In Germany, CA Technologies will sponsor students as part of the Deutschland-Stipendium government initiative to nurture talent at German universities. In the UK, the Company contributes to the IT Management for Business BSc (ITMB) degree to create graduates with the skills most relevant to the IT sector.
In France, CA Technologies works with the Passerelles Numériques NGO to assists young people in South Asia gain access to training and employment within the IT industry. And in Italy, CA Technologies has partnered with the NGO Sodalitas to support the European Skills for Jobs campaign led by CSR Europe, and backed by the European Commission.