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Cambridge: IT students are hard to find!

And this is the Cambridge which had the first IT dude, Babbage, who in turn had lord Byron's daughter, our lovely Ada as his first ever female programmer. But OK going back in past may not ring a bell, how about Xensource!

I think colleges, business and professional alike, must realize one thing, it is time to start versatilist trainings! We ought to prepare our youngsters for "A Global Economy", the notion that most IT jobs are going to India and China is true! We need to prepare our youngsters for a "internationalized, highly externalized, and a flexible global trans- and multinationalized economy".

Sure, there will be startups once in a while but in general the IT will have to integrate in other walks of life and university curriculum.

Same applies to Business Schools, they are losing the touch because they are not adapting to the "adaptive business" that is the driving the globalization to this extremely fat pace.

Cambridge University - where just 28% of applications result in an offer - has admitted it is growing 'desperate' for more applicants to its computer science courses.

Applications to study the subject have dramatically dropped since the start of the decade. In 2000, 500 students applied and 100 were accepted. Last year, 210 applied and 70 were accepted.

The prestigious department is launching a publicity campaign to try to attract students up and down the UK, and is building a website that aims to bust popular myths about computer science.

Professors in the department - the oldest of its kind in the world - say unless they increase efforts to recruit, the "situation will become desperate" and it will be difficult to maintain quality.

They blame dropping numbers of applications on the "geeky" image of computer science and the misconception that all graduate jobs in the field are based in China and India.

Note: You don't make some fundamental changes in your strategy, you will have a hard time.


  • Collaboration (with other Univs)
  • Multi-cultural tranings
  • Multi-lingual aspects
  • Internationalized curriculum
  • Participative development
Guardian reporting


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