University of Telecommunication Leipzig

Powerful analytics scan job postings for emerging trends, helping to prepare students for job market

Published on 12-Nov-2013

"We now see patterns in how technology companies hire: what skills they need, which new methodologies are being used and which technologies our students need to be familiar with. This insight helps students choose academic paths with jobs at the end, which makes us a more competitive institution." - Dr. Frank Bensberg, Senior Expert HR Development, HfTL

Customer:
University of Telecommunication Leipzig

Industry:
Education

Deployment country:
Germany

Solution:
BA - Predictive Analytics, Big Data & Analytics, Big Data & Analytics: Improve IT, Enterprise Content Management, Smarter Planet

Overview

Founded in 1991, the University of Telecommunications Leipzig, or Hochschule fur Telekommunikation Leipzig (HfTL), is a privately held university of applied sciences sponsored by Deutsche Telekom.

Business need:
The university needed unprecedented insight into hiring trends so that it could align its curriculum with employers’ needs.

Solution:
. With an aggregate view of employers’ requirements across the industry, the university can monitor emerging trends that are far from obvious to everyone else, including high-demand degrees and skills, essential concepts and methodologies, and required programming languages and product knowledge.

Benefits:
Gained the ability to respond quickly to changing industry needs, launching a new course in 2.5 months instead of 12 months, a 76 percent improvement

Case Study

Founded in 1953, the University of Telecommunications Leipzig, or Hochschule fur Telekommunikation Leipzig (HfTL), is a privately held university of applied sciences sponsored by Deutsche Telekom. The university has more than 750 students and focuses on technical courses such as communications, computer science, communications engineering and business information systems. In addition to full-time degree programs, the institution offers a part-time dual studies program, which alternates between theoretical and practical studies, and continuing education studies for professionals at Deutsche Telekom. HfTL uses e-learning and virtual classrooms extensively and maintains a strong focus on innovative and emerging technology, conducting research on optical networks, embedded systems, smart homes, smart grids and more.

The Opportunity
Germany boasts one of the largest information and communications technology (ICT) industries in the world, and it faces a skilled labor shortage that puts well-trained technical workers in high demand. For the University of Telecommunications Leipzig, a university of applied sciences, the labor shortage is an opportunity to increase job placement rates for its graduates, thereby boosting its own competitiveness. But keeping pace with the rapidly changing ICT industry is a challenge because today’s desirable skills can be obsolete tomorrow. The university needed unprecedented insight into hiring trends so that it could align its curriculum with employers’ needs.

What Makes It Smarter
Technical universities play a crucial role in supplying companies with skilled workers. And the task is not easy, especially in the information and communication technology industry, which is characterized by innovation and rapid change. University of Telecommunications Leipzig uses sophisticated natural language processing to decipher the constant flux of job requirements issued by employers. The powerful analytics solution crawls through thousands of online job postings, analyzing the unstructured
data to provide an unprecedented perspective on the job market. With an aggregate view of employers’ requirements across the industry, the university can monitor emerging trends that are far from obvious to everyone else, including high-demand degrees and skills, essential concepts and methodologies, and required programming languages and product knowledge. One of the university’s first discoveries was that the demand for degrees in electrical and communications engineering had waned, shifting instead toward informatics, business administration and business informatics. The revelation prompted the university to shift its academic priorities and launch new programs designed to help students take advantage of the emerging niche.

Real Business Results
• Gained the ability to respond quickly to changing industry needs, launching a new course in 2.5 months instead of 12 months, a 76 percent improvement
• Increased demand for new courses in business information systems to 300 percent the current capacity, demonstrating the marketplace need and the university’s competitiveness
• Improved the employability of students by matching coursework to high-demand skills in the job market

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To learn more about University of Telecommunication Leipzig, visit
www.hft-leipzig.de.

Products and services used

IBM products and services that were used in this case study.

Software:
Content Analytics with Enterprise Search

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