With the academic year 2020/21, the Federal Ministry of Education, Science and Research (BMBWF) finances additional UAS beginner study places for study programmes of the MINT subjects (mathematics, information technology, natural sciences and technology). Based on this, a new study programme will be launched at the St. Pölten UAS in the winter semester 2020.
The rapidly advancing digital transformation requires the development and safeguarding of functioning and stable systems in information and communications technology. The aim of the new study programme is to prepare the students for the challenging task of working in the field of cyber security. Graduates of the programme have the necessary know-how to secure digital services in companies and institutions and therefore contribute to ensuring cyber security in the digital business location Austria.
The practice-oriented study programme is organised in form of a dual study programme, thus making it well compatible with the student’s professional life. A close collaboration with cooperation partners from business and research provides the students with a practice-oriented training. Synergies with other – similar – UAS study programmes are used to enable an interdisciplinary education.
The language of instruction is English.
“According to recent studies, 67% of Austrian businesses complain about a shortage of cyber security experts. The new master degree programme Cyber Security and Resilience trains future experts in this highly demanded new professional field”, explains Johann Haag, Head of the Department of Computer Science and Security.
Gernot Kohl, Executive Director of the St. Pölten UAS is also very pleased with the ministry’s decision: “The new study programme will contribute considerably to the further expansion of the Cyber Security & Computer Science focus at the St. Pölten UAS and, as a consequence, will strengthen the university’s international position.”
The new study programme will now be worked out in detail. The programme – subject to approval by the AQ Austria – is going to be launched in the autumn of 2020.