The Lebanon Softshore Academic Forum, which took place on June 8, brought together the country's academic and software industry leaders for a series of talks and panel discussions.
The one-day event was organized by the "Lebanon SoftShore software cluster" (LSS), in partnership with the "Ecole superieure d'ingenieurs de Beyrouth" (ESIB) and the "Institut National des Telecommunications et de l'Informatique" (INCI) at Saint-Joseph University of Beirut (USJ).
The purpose of this forum was to address the significant gap between the needs of the local software companies and the curricula provided by the Lebanese educational system. Software development is one of the most sought after jobs in the market today, yet the supply of graduates in the software development field seems to be insufficient.
"It is crucial that we need to examine some fundamentally new and profoundly more efficient approaches to the relation between the educational system and the practical world," said Naji Abi Zeid, the Director of ELCIM, Industrial Research Institute.
The panels addressed different topics, such as the employment needs and challenges of the Lebanese software industry, the computing curricula at universities and the role of multinational technology providers.
The objective of this forum was to be an initiation of issues that could be solved, and to establish a platform of communication between the relevant stakeholders for concrete and efficient follow up.
"It's not going to be easy to evaluate the amount of technological development moving forward, "stressed Abi Zeid.
"One this is for sure: the need for additional cooperation between the educational system and the business sector is growing at a fast pace."
The Lebanon Softshore (LSS) is a software cluster managed by the Euro Lebanese Centre for Industrial Modernization (ELCIM) under the authority of the Industrial Research Institute (IRI). Its mission is to propel the Lebanese software industry, a sub-sector of the ICT sector, into the global scene. By offering them the knowledge, the tools and the support to withstand an expansion of that scale, the LSS has counts amongst its members leading IT companies in Lebanon.
Source: National News Agency