Representatives from 12 higher education institutions from seven countries, two innovative SMEs, a leading research centre in Information Systems, and EIT Digital will converge in Brussels for the kick-off of the SPECTRO (SPecialised Education programmes in CybersecuriTy and Robotics) project.
SPECTRO aspires to support the growth of a digitalised European economy and society, fostering the empowerment of its citizens and businesses while ensuring the security of Europe's digital supply chains.
The launch of SPECTRO comes at a critical juncture where Europe is keen on nurturing digital talents. The project aims to:
- Develop advanced digital skills focusing on Cybersecurity and Robotics.
- Contribute to the development of a digitalised European economy and society.
- Improve the educational landscape through specialised Master’s Programmes and related certifications.
- Ensure educational accessibility and diversity, irrespective of gender, age, or socio-economic backgrounds.
The programme will roll out two double-degree master's programmes focusing on Cybersecurity and Robotics.
Notably, both will also include a minor in Innovation and Entrepreneurship, allowing students to gain additional academic credits through dedicated curricula and a summer programme. This infusion of entrepreneurial education aims to create professionals capable of driving innovation and technological advancements in their respective fields.
SPECTRO marks the beginning of a new chapter in digital education. We're blending cutting-edge academic knowledge with real-world business experience to produce not just graduates, but leaders in Cybersecurity and Robotics.
Salvatore Moccia, Head of Education and Skills at EIT Digital
Students enrolled in the Master's programmes will be required to study at two different higher education institutions from two different countries. Moreover, a mandatory business internship will further facilitate a seamless transition into the job market and allow for the practical application of learned skills.
Scheduled for a four-year duration, SPECTRO will run its Master's programmes and self-standing modules for two full cycles. The project also promises extensive marketing, promotion, and communication activities to attract the desired target audience and maximize the outreach of its educational offerings.