Georgia Tech at it´s best: Innovations
In a bold move to prepare more students for a very competitive marketplace where US companies are outsourcing more projects and services to overseas software factories, they are producing an important change in next year Curriculum for their traditional home turf of Computer Science undergraduate and graduate studies.
In a world where competition for talent, specialy in the IT products and services is being dominated by the strong outsourcing giants in India they are establishing a base of new thinking for building the knowledge base with a different approach.
The key words are now: “Threads”
With the new format of “threads” curriculum, students can pick and choose the subjects of concentration for their studies based on the particular areas of their expected carrer paths:
Computers and the physical world
Computers and media
Computers and people
Computers and intelligence
Computers and foundations
Computers and platforms
Now, they not only learn the basics of computer programming theories and models, but they direct their education “tailoring” the emphasis they want to gain to have a better access to a job on or before graduation.
The result: 33% increase in enrollment for 2007 classes.
The second key to this move is the process to create professionals that can deal with a multitude of profiles, situations and people in what they call “Symphonic Thinking”
Now that the smaller, more connected, flat world makes things move faster and adapt to the changes to become more competitive.
A good example to watch and follow.