Germany faces serious shortage of IT graduates

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10 March 2005 , HANOVER - Germany is facing a serious shortage of information technology graduates, an industry group warned. In a Europe-wide comparison, it lags behind Ireland, France, Spain, Britain and Lithuania, said Willi Fuchs, director of the German Federation of Engineers VDI in remarks at the CeBIT fairground, just one day before the world's biggest IT show begins. German output of graduates in engineering, science, information technology and mathematics was in serious decline. The figures compar

10 March 2005

HANOVER - Germany is facing a serious shortage of information technology graduates, an industry group warned.

In a Europe-wide comparison, it lags behind Ireland, France, Spain, Britain and Lithuania, said Willi Fuchs, director of the German Federation of Engineers VDI in remarks at the CeBIT fairground, just one day before the world's biggest IT show begins.

German output of graduates in engineering, science, information technology and mathematics was in serious decline. The figures compared graduations to each country's population.

Fuchs said the trend was a brake on economic development, might ultimately make Germany a poorer place to set up business and could well cause Germany to fall behind the rest of the European IT industry.

He called on German schools to offer more technical training instead of concentrating mainly on academic subjects.

After opening speeches Wednesday evening, CeBIT was to open its doors in Hanover, Germany Thursday at the start of a seven-day run.

DPA

Subject: German news 

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