UW Colleges Work With UK University And Industry On Software Engineering Program – Sheridan Media


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Wyoming students may soon have access to an innovative software engineering program through a partnership involving Cardiff University in Wales, UK; the University of Wyoming; Wyoming community colleges; and the state’s industrial partners.

UW has developed a Memorandum of Understanding with Cardiff University to cultivate academic and cultural exchanges between the two institutions. The deal will provide Wyoming students with an applied software engineering degree, based on a curriculum offered by Cardiff’s School of Computer Science and Informatics, possibly as early as fall 2021.

During an appearance on Sheridan Media’s Public Pulse, UW Corporate Communications Director Chad Baldwin told listeners the partnership was also an example of Wyoming Governor Mark Gordon’s initiative. Innovation Network.

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Gordon recently unveiled the proposal to modernize and refocus Wyoming’s higher education system. The WIN initiative calls for closer collaboration between the University of Wyoming and state community colleges and emphasizes developing innovative solutions that will support and improve the economy and workforce. artwork from Wyoming. UW President Ed Seidel will chair a committee leading the effort that includes higher education leaders from across the state.

The online program will help UW and community colleges meet their goal of preparing Wyoming residents to participate in the 21st century workforce and diversify the state’s economy.

The director of the School of Computing and Computing at Cardiff University, Professor Stuart Allen, said he was delighted that his school is working with UW on this project.

The Cardiff program has been established in partnership with the Welsh government and industry leaders, with the aim of giving students ‘real’ projects to work on throughout their studies – and giving them opportunities to interact with experienced industry professionals. It was created in response to industry concerns that software engineering graduates lacked a number of essential skills to prepare them for work once they left universities.

As discussions continue, UW and state community colleges are working with Cardiff and industry partners to initially offer a two-year software engineering degree and then possible development of a bachelor’s degree. Students would take a series of online modules, studying in an environment that mimics the workplace in the software engineering industry.

Wyoming companies that have expressed interest in participating include Laramie-based Trihydro Corp.

Representatives from Cardiff, UW, community colleges and industry are working to finalize an initial program. These discussions will determine whether it is possible to launch at least part of the program in the fall.


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