Kaunas University of Technology (KTU) Faculty of Informatics was visited by Adrian Mitri, Chief Operating Officer at Callcredit Information Group, experts in consumer information management, direct marketing, credit check, fraud prevention and risk management based in the United Kingdom, and Dainius Aksinavičius, Callcredit Country Manager in Lithuania. The guests met the Faculty management and discussed co-operation possibilities.
The division of the company Callcredit Information Group founded in the UK in 2002 currently employs 15 IT specialists in Kaunas and provides the company headquarters with 24-hour programming and data centre maintenance services. It is planned to engage 15 new employees in April with this number increasing to 40 in the coming months and 80 by the end of the year, rising to 180-200 employees by 2013. Consequently, the company is considering co-operation possibilities with KTU Faculty of Informatics as a qualification centre for potential IT specialists. As one of the first co-operation initiatives, Mr. Aksinavičius named series of lectures and internships for students in the new division.
During the meeting the guests outlined what kind of specialists they were looking for. According to Mr. Aksinavičius, the company is particularly interested in IT developers/testers who would be able to guarantee quality products and services, as well as programmers who would successfully implement the given tasks.
Prof. Eduardas Bareiša, dean of the Faculty of Informatics, assured that students are taught programming from the very first year, while those interested in developing and testing are offered special modules. “The module introduces students to program testing levels, functional testing, testing design methods, testing instruments and process automation. The dissertations are prepared on this topic”, said the dean.
According to Callcredit Information Group, Lithuania and Kaunas in particular were chosen because of the development prospects and possibility to quickly find skilled employees.
Currently, KTU Faculty of Informatics has more than 800 undergraduate and more than 200 Master students. Thus, the establishment of a new company will widen employment opportunities for faculty students and graduates.