University of Telecommunications Leipzig

Published on 12 Nov 2012

We now see patterns in how technology companies hire: what skills they need, which new methodologies are being used and which technologies our students need to be familiar with. This insight helps students choose academic paths with jobs at the end, which makes us a more competitive institution.

Dr. Frank Bensberg, Senior Expert HR Development, HfTL

University of Telecommunications Leipzig


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Founded in 1953, the University of Telecommunications Leipzig, or Hochschule für Telekommunikation Leipzig (HfTL), is a privately held university of applied sciences sponsored by Deutsche Telekom. The university has more than 750 students and focuses on technical courses such as communications, computer science, communications engineering and business information systems.

Business need
Germany boasts one of the largest information and communications technology (ICT) industries in the world, and it faces a skilled labor shortage that puts well-trained technical workers in high demand. For the University of Telecommunications Leipzig, the labor shortage is an opportunity to increase job placement rates for its graduates, boosting its own competitiveness. But keeping pace with the changing ICT industry is a challenge because today’s desirable skills can be obsolete tomorrow. The university needed insight into hiring trends so it could align its curriculum with employers’ needs.

University of Telecommunications Leipzig uses natural language processing to decipher the flux of job requirements issued by employers. The analytics solution crawls through online job postings, analyzing the unstructured data to provide a perspective on the job market, enabling the university to monitor emerging trends. One of their first discoveries was that the demand for electrical and communications engineering degrees had waned, shifting toward business administration and informatics. The university launched new programs designed to help students take advantage of the emerging niche.

Gained the ability to respond quickly and cost-effectively to changing industry needs, launching a new course in 2.5 months instead of 12 months, a 76 percent improvement Increased demand for new courses in business information systems to 300 percent of the current capacity, demonstrating the marketplace’s need and the university’s competitiveness Improved the employability of students by matching coursework to high-demand skills in the job market


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