Intel® Higher Education in Europe
Intel Higher Education, in collaboration with universities and governments worldwide, advances technology innovation and the development of world-class technical talent for a global and knowledge-based economy. The Higher Education program focuses on moving technology out of university labs and into local communities through the pursuit of technical degrees. Utilizing the development of curriculum, focused research activities, grants, technology forums, and mentoring by Intel technologists, the Higher Education program aims to promote a technology oriented education.
To meet the needs of communities within each country or region, the Higher Education program develops a pipeline of world-class technical talent to meet the increasing worldwide demand for highly skilled workers. There are five main areas where Intel® works with higher education to cultivate the critical skills required to create a culture of innovation. We:
- Equip professors to teach needed skills and the latest technologies
- Engage higher education in partnerships to research advanced technology
- Encourage students to develop both technical and entrepreneurial skills
- Collaborate with government, industry, NGOs, and academia
- Connect academia to industry technology advisors
What are the particular skills, knowledge, and competencies that help a country create a culture of innovation?
Our primary focus is in three areas:
- STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) — or what we would call a technical education. This includes degrees such as computer science, electrical engineering, math, physics, chemistry and other fields of science.
- Entrepreneurial — or the ability to take an innovative idea, product, or service and create a viable business around it.
- Career Competencies — which can be a by-product of entrepreneurial training — nclude skills such as problem solving, critical thinking, communication, analytic skills, team building, making professional presentations, learning to ask verses tell, etc.
The dynamic pace of technology is giving rise to additional skills that cultivate innovation. Ethnography, which helps us understand how users interact with technology and nanotechnology, which aims to create new materials and devices on a molecular scale, are just two examples of newly emerging fields of knowledge.
Unless these skills are used to create new businesses, products, or processes that can spur economic growth, learning them will not help a country’s economy. Not only does a person need technical skill, but they also need the skills and experience to deliver a product or service that meets real needs.
Intel further empowers professors by working with them on advanced technology research. By fostering interaction between academia and Intel researchers, we generate new ideas for collaborative projects. This process results in shared benefits:
- Students benefit from participation in research focused on real industry needs that can translate into career paths.
- Professors gain knowledge and experience from interacting with Intel researchers on cutting-edge technologies.
- Intel and the semiconductor industry benefit from research results that can lead to breakthroughs, tangible products, or process improvements.
We also sponsor research that helps us continue to grow and refine our knowledge of various computing competencies. In addition to sponsoring research at individual universities, there are numerous Intel Science and Technology Centers (U.S.) and Intel Collaborative Research Institutes (international) that are Intel-funded and jointly-led research collaborations between Intel and the academic community. Anchored at leading universities and comprised of additional universities too numerous to list, each of these research communities focus on specific technology areas, such as:
- Intel Collaborative Research Institute for Secure Computing (ICRI-SC) in Darmstadt Germany
- Intel Collaborative Research Institute for Sustainable Connected Cities in London, UK
- Intel Visual Computing Institute Saarland, Germany
- Intel Student Open Lab, Romania
At the collegiate level, we sponsor a number of technology contests. These currently include:
- The Intel Business Challenge in Europe
- The Intel Leibnitz Challenge in Germany
- The Upstream Challenge in Romania
Intel supports The Upstream Challenge Competition organized at University POLITEHNICA of Bucharest (UPB). The competition encourages students from all years to contribute to open source projects, learn how the communities work, and learn how to get their contributions integrated upstream. Students compete during the entire academic year on three tracks: one for the first and second year students, one for the third and fourth year students, and another for students contributing to the Linux Kernel. Their contributions to the Open Source projects are evaluated by a jury formed from University and Intel representatives. The best contributor from each track wins an Ultrabook from Intel.
- The Accelerate Your Code contest
Twice a year (usually April and November), Intel organizes a parallel programming and software optimization contest. The contest is popular, drawing more than 800 participants for the spring 2012 edition. For students, it is a great way to learn and compete against their peers from all over the world. We provide them with free and open-source online courses to learn quickly and efficiently. For professors, it's a great tool to train and evaluate the progression of students. We are also available to help integrate parallel programming into curriculums.
Because 40% of students enrolled in STEM programs leave after their first year, Intel works to support retention in technical degree programs. For example, we joined Stay With It, a supportive community that includes mentors, to inspire and encourage students pursuing engineering degrees.
While the Intel Higher Education program is primarily focused on empowering professors and inspiring students, we can also refer educators to the technology experts on the product side of Intel to receive advice and specific recommendations.
The Intel Education Technology Advisor web site at www.intel.com/itfored has higher education case studies as well as some planning tools and implementation guides.
Have a particular project in mind and want some advice? You can also have an on-line or phone conversation regarding your education technology solution with an Intel education technology professional.