LOS ALAMITOS, Calif., 6 May, 2010 – The Higher School of Economics (HSE), one of Russia’s leading national research universities, has become the latest educational institution to endorse the IEEE Computer Society’s Guide to the Software Engineering Body of Knowledge (SWEBOK) and the Certified Software Development Associate (CSDA) credential.
Under the agreement, HSE’s School of Software Engineering will use the SWEBOK Guide and the CSDA credential to help provide its graduates with software engineering knowledge and skills to make them competitive worldwide. In furtherance of this goal, HSE will subsidize the cost of graduates taking the CSDA exam.
“This certification provides international recognition that our students are highly qualified after absorbing this body of knowledge, and are thus prepared to enter the workforce as bachelor’s-level software engineers, contributing to the creation of new and innovative economic models in Russia,” said Professor Sergey Avdoshin, head of HSE’s School of Software Engineering.
The CSDA, aimed at entry-level software developers, is one of two professional software development certifications the Computer Society offers. The other, the Certified Software Development Professional certification, is tailored to mid-career professionals. For more information on certifications, go to http://www.computer.org/getcertified.
Both the CSDA and CSDP are based on the SWEBOK Guide, a comprehensive document that includes “generally accepted” principles of software engineering. Originally developed in 2004, the Guide is currently in the process of being updated. For more information, visit http://www.computer.org/swebok.
HSE’s School of Software Engineering has adopted the SWEBOK Guide as the foundation for its software engineering curriculum. “We used SWEBOK recommendations in our approach, content, and depth, to develop a bachelor’s degree program that would advance the careers of our software engineering graduates,” Avdoshin said. “Here at HSE, our students are taught useful combinations of skills in economics, management, computer science, and software development to help them excel as software engineers and software project managers.”
There is currently strong demand for software engineers in Russia. “The new, innovative economics demand well-educated software engineers in all branches of industry and science,” Avdoshin said. “Since software products are based on international standards, people who develop the products should be educated on the basis of the international standards as well. And CSDA and the SWEBOK Guide provide a way to evaluate that.”
HSE is the first university in Russia to endorse the CSDA. The top-ranked Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology in the US and the Vellore Institute of Technology in India have also endorsed use of the CSDA as a training tool for software engineering students.
About Higher School of Economics
The Higher School of Economics, a Russian national research university, is based in Moscow and has regional branches in St. Petersburg, Nizhny Novgorod, and Perm. Current enrollment is nearly 20,000, including 17,000 undergraduates, 1,922 master’s students, and 576 doctoral students. Among its 1,500 professors and researchers are 700 specialists from business, research institutes, and state bodies, 345 doctors of science, and 909 candidates of science.
The university was the first in Russia to adopt the commonly accepted worldwide “4+2” practice: four years of undergraduate study and two years for master’s degrees. HSE School of Software Engineering students participate successfully in computer science and software engineering students competitions in Russia and worldwide.