Future Digital Leaders 2018-2019


CALL: 2018

DOMAIN: ID - Humanities and Social Sciences


LAST NAME: Coronado



HOST INSTITUTION: Luxembourg Tech School asbl


START: 15-09-2018

END: 30-08-2019


Submitted Abstract

The Luxembourg Tech School a.s.b.l. (LTS) (www.techschool.lu) is a extracurricular school concept that was created in September 2016 with the goal of promoting the development of “Future Digital Leaders”. A “Digital Leader” is someone capable of taking a business idea and, with the use of technology, transform it into a successful product or service, effectively creating value. Digital Leaders are fundamental to the development and implementation of national digital strategies. Information and Communications Technology (ICT) domains are evolving at an ever-increasing pace. This makes it difficult for school systems to constantly adapt and align with the current developments occurring in this sector. The Luxembourgish public schools provide a solid background on various topics which, however, could hamper specialization in fast-changing subjects, such as ICT. Moreover, there exists an important shortfall of qualified leaders in the ICT sector. In January 2017, the European Union ICT shortage was estimated at 500,000 jobs for 2020 (source: empirica, January 2017). Luxembourg is not an exception of this shortfall since, according to Eurostat data, 59% of Luxembourg businesses have difficulty recruiting IT profiles (source: Paperjam 25/02/2016) and Luxembourg is highlighted at risk of complacency. Future preparedness (i.e. talent pipeline and policies) are least likely to be fit for expansion, or potentially not even for sustaining status-quo (source: High-Tech Leadership Skills for Europe – Towards an Agenda for 2020 and Beyond, Marc 2017). The initiative of LTS was designed to help overcome these challenges. LTS is tightly embedded in the national school system by offering an additional activity. This provides proximity to the students and allows them to evolve in a familiar environment. At LTS, we coach the younger generation and prepare them for the technological, financial and business realities of the world. LTS is aimed at every 15-19 years old student passionate about the digital realm and eager to learn and apply technology in a real business context. LTS has developed an innovative educational approach to teach with a purpose, using business and technology project-based learning. Students, of the last years of high school, are taking part in a first year 9-months and a second year 6-months program, with a workload of about 4-5 hours per week, on business, technology, and soft skills. LTS has established 3 main objectives in the effort to support the sustainability and long-term development and implementation of Luxembourg’s digital strategies: • Develop “Future Digital Leaders” in technology, soft skills and business view. • Promote entrepreneurship, creativity, sustainability and innovation in a project-based learning environment. • Connect the “Future Digital Leaders” with key actors, industry, government and academia, using their LTS project performance results. LTS has successfully expanded from 32 students in 3 public schools in 2016-2017, first year, to 110 students from 7 schools in its third year, 2018-2019. These students are participating in the Level 1 program consisting of 3 modules; Game Development, Big Data and FinTech. At the same time, LTS has created a second-year level (Level Up) with two new modules; Space Resources and AI for Finance. In 2018-2019, Level Up is attended by 16 students which graduated from the first-year Level 1 program. LTS Events are also expanding and this academic year (2018-2019) 6 events are planned, including general public Challenges to promote sciences at all levels. The LTS events are an integral part of the learning experience and allow the students demonstrate their product creations in front of business leaders and the society in general. LTS is support by Digital Luxembourg, the ministry of education, children and youth (Script), Centre for Computerised Management in Education (CGIE) and SpaceResources.lu.
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