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Strategic directions for ICT research and education in Europe

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Strategic directions for ICT research and education in Europe

Started by Reiko Heckel 1874 days ago

This is a draft policy document intended for discussion and feedback.

Strategic directions for ICT research and education in Europe [draft]

Executive Summary

There are many urgent problems for ICT in Europe. We mention in particular the chronic shortage of informatics professionals and the lack of experimental research and risk taking. These problems are partly addressed in the Digital Agenda Initiative and the Grand Coalition for Digital Jobs. To complement the industrial viewpoint which has so far dominated this discussion, the EFICST has included in its analysis all ICT stakeholders, including European authorities, industrial stakeholders, and university and research organisations. We propose eight concrete directions:

  1. Encourage experimental research and risk taking: Risk taking, in the sense of disruption, should be encouraged and failure should be tolerated.

  2. Keep the smart people: Smart people should be courted through attractive industrial and research possibilities.

  3. Listen to SMEs: There should be more effort to incorporate SMEs into the decision- making process.

  4. Support higher and K-12 ICT education: Higher ICT education is currently underenrolled and underfunded; it cannot produce enough graduates. Adding informatics to K-12 education is part of the solution.

  5. Don't try to get more for less: Instead of maximising the number of goals with limited funding, ICT funding should focus on research goals and fund them adequately.

  6. Reduce focus on management: Project evaluation for management should be pass/fail; project success should be based on scientific results and impact alone.

  7. Follow the successes: European enclaves of success should be studied carefully and emulated.

  8. Prepare for the long term: Some long-term focus must be put in the system, since solving these problems needs a long-term effort. 

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