A McKinsey report done in 2017 for the Disruption Council points out that industry in South and West Jutland in particular is facing significant automation of a number of jobs in the coming years. This means that the business community, including in Esbjerg, will increasingly need IT skills. As part of that agenda, AAU is offering a new IT specialisation in September where students in the programme "Applied Industrial Electronics" can choose to specialise in IT and cyber systems.
- What I call the robotisation of industry will mean an increased need for competences in IT. The new specialisation must meet this need so that we provide skills that help companies continue to develop and transform their business to a more digital and sustainable future, says Olav Geil, Pro-dean for Education at the Faculty of Engineering and Science.
He hopes that many young people, by applying to the programme, will be able to see that the future in Esbjerg looks bright precisely because the demand from Esbjerg's business community is so great.
- We know that it’s easier to retain graduates educated in Esbjerg in the city than it is to attract graduates trained in other cities, says Olav Geil.
In the longer term, the new specialisation will qualify students for a master's degree programme with an IT focus.
PROGRAMMING ROBOTS AND DRONES
Among the needs that have arisen in the wake of the increased automation of industry are competences in and knowledge of smart control of the electronics that have taken over manual tasks. This need is present in all companies with a certain degree of automation. For example, this includes skills in programming 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 digitalisation, it’s really good that they can now also apply for the new programme offered at AAU in Esbjerg. With the IT specialisation, the students acquire competences based on a combination of electronics and IT – a combination of competences in great demand in the Esbjerg area. You could say that graduates of the programme will be sought after in all industries where automation and digitalisation are used, says Simon Pedersen, Head of the Energy Section on AAU’s Esbjerg campus.
TRAINING BASED ON REAL PROBLEMS
Like AAU's other programmes, the new IT specialisation is based on AAU's internationally recognised PBL model. Throughout the programme, the emphasis is on students working together to solve real problems, and this method gives graduates a head start after graduation.
- It’s a big plus for the students that through their studies they’ve already partnered with companies and fellow students on solving real problems. It gives them a solid foundation for bringing value to a future employer. And it’s an approach that AAU is internationally recognised for, says Olav Geil.
Prospective students can apply for the programme "Applied industrial electronics" with the IT specialisation until 5 July at 12 noon, the deadline for this year's quota 1 applications.
Pro-dean for Education, Faculty of Engineering and Science
Tel: +45 3012 5865
Head of section, Energy Section, AAU’s Esbjerg campus
Tel: +45 3066 3663