In September 2023, TalTech will open two new and unique master's programs on the Estonian scale, one of which opens the door to the world of network technologies and services, and the other, hardware development and programming, prepares top specialists with a wide horizon who can solve the complex tasks of computer-based electronics and automation systems.
According to Arno Kolk, CEO of the Estonian Electronics Industries Association, the availability of master's level electronics engineers on the labor market has so far been insufficient, and successful electronics companies need them to expand both development and production teams. "I hope that thanks to TalTech's new plans, the situation will improve, because the entire modern digitized world is based on electronics, and there are many doors open to people with such a choice of profession after graduating from university," said Kolk. He noted that the association had the opportunity to have a say in the design of new curricula and thereby ensure a close connection between the education offered at the university and the needs of companies.
According to Andres Eek, head of the Communications Networks and Services curriculum, according to OSKA's labor market analysis, the demand for both communication technology specialists and smart customers who can plan and order innovative solutions based on communication technologies from ICT sector developers is growing. "Today, both ICT and other sectors need competent engineers, where tasks and problems related to digitization must be solved," stated Eek, adding that the Estonian industrial sector needs to apply suitable digital technologies that support the company's development in order to achieve and maintain a competitive advantage.
Graduates from ICT majors or graduates of other majors who have at least one year of work experience in the field of ICT are invited to study in the master's program in network technologies and services.
Peeter Ellervee, program manager of the master's program Hardware Development and Programming, said that the new curriculum is unique in Estonia because it covers both hardware and software-related topics, teaching the creation, operation and management of computer-based hardware, electronic and automation systems. "At the same time, it is possible to focus more narrowly on one or another topic during learning," said Ellervee. "An important added value in the curriculum is the interdisciplinary project subjects with other curricula both in the School of IT and in the TalTech in general".
In-depth study of hardware development and programming in the master's program gives the student the skills to create and implement new technologies in very different areas of life. From medicine to banking, hardware and software development, automatic control system design and more.
Students in both study programs can prepare different study paths according to the profile of their desired competences with the help of elective subjects. For example, you can choose subjects from other programs of the School of IT, from the fields of cyber security, software development and data science. Professional knowledge can be supplemented with suitable options from the School of Engineering and from the School of Business and Governance. Both study programs are taught in Estonian.