Never before has international cooperation been as important as today. The University of Liechtenstein is ramping up its efforts and has recently received two awards for projects that contribute to Liechtenstein’s digital business environment.
In October, we conducted a survey among Liechtenstein-based companies with digital business models and asked them about their opinion of Liechtenstein’s business environment. Although the survey respondents overall painted a positive picture, one criticism was that there is a lack of qualified employees with digital skills and a lack of training opportunities.
The University of Liechtenstein has tried to offer people opportunities to acquire digital skills for quite some time now. Like with most innovative industries, universities also play a key role in digitalization and the development of industry 4.0 technologies. Two projects show how the University of Liechtenstein is contributing to the country’s digital agenda.
Online Learning Modules for Business Process Management
The department of Business Informatics has received an award from Liechtenstein’s Agency for International Education (AIBA) for its project “Online Learning Modules for Business Process Management (BPM) Advanced Higher Education.” It’s a joint project with leading BPM research institutes from the University of Muenster, VU University Amsterdam, Copenhagen Business School, and the University of Vienna.
The project addresses the growing need for experts educated in BPM. Students explore ways to improve the efficiency of business processes, for example, through automation or digitalization. BPM becomes an increasingly important part of international management education and is key to innovation.
The BPM_Online project’s goal was to establish executive BPM education throughout Europe within a network of leading BPM research institutions. They together developed a reference curriculum for BPM executive education that can be used by educational institutions across Europe to accelerate BPM education.
AIBA also awarded the University’s Erasmus+ program, which is an exchange program for students to study in other countries and exchange knowledge throughout Europe. Since 2014, the University of Liechtenstein has organized more than 100 Erasmus+ projects for students to participate in. In particular, AIBA mentioned the projects “organization of mobility” and “international credit mobility.”
Digital education mostly takes place in the private sector
Our study from October shows how important it is for digital businesses to access talents and innovative educational institutions. While other industries can benefit from much more established educational resources, digital businesses often need to train their staff themselves. The reason is that neither schools nor universities offer great training opportunities in digital skills. Most of those skills are either too new to have found a place in traditional educational systems or so fast-paced that school training is often outdated.
The University of Liechtenstein teaming up with international partners to cooperate on digital projects is an excellent step in the right direction. Apart from the university, digital businesses in Liechtenstein can look for private sector training opportunities. One example is the Digital Hunter Akademie that teaches digital sales and consulting skills. And there are many more such examples.