Academia and industry need to work together to close digital skills gap

Universities agreed with industry representatives that they should set up joint training programmes to boost teaching of digital skills needed in the current multi-faceted digital economy in an online workshop held last week by Science Business. More and more companies depend on cloud computing and need people with the skills to work with digital technologies such as artificial intelligence and machine learning.

The key points acknowledged were: 1) the skills shortages need to be addressed already before university, with governments encouraging more women into science and ICT; 2) more interdisciplinary work should be encouraged at universities to better understand how digital is used in all fields; 3) stakeholders must develop more upskilling programmes for executives and professionals in each sector.

The Science Business Network is a forum which brings together leading organisations from the worlds of industry, research, innovation and policy making

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