17 SEPTEMBER 2019

Ukrainian Companies Launch Project to Improve IT Education

Seven Ukrainian information technology companies and Economy Minister Pavlo Sheremeta on April 3 announced the formation of a Brain Basket Foundation that hopes to raise $1 billion in investment to strengthen Ukraine’s position in the European IT market.

Plans include expanding the IT’s share in the overall amount of Ukrainian exports to $20 billion from $2 billion today, which would make the sector a leading exports industry. However, educational institutions are to supply 20,000 qualified workers annually instead of current 4,000 to make this goal realistic, according to the foundation’s statement. Improving the quality of education is the project’s number one goal.
Trond Moe, former Norwegian telecommunication company Telenor’s country manager for Ukraine, was named president of the foundation. The project involves Ciklum, SoftServe, Miratech, EPAM Ukraine, GlobalLogic, Luxoft Ukraine and IT Ukraine.
With more IT specialists coming, Ukraine may get a substantially larger stake on the European market. For instance, the EU applications market will grow from $23.9 billion to $86 billion, according to Gigaom Research forecast, while half of the market comes from outsourcing. According to the optimistic scenario, this industry will provide jobs to 4.8 million people by 2018 while more than 1 million are employed now.
This data shows that Europe will need more IT workers, Ciklum chief operation officer Roman Khmil told the Kyiv Post. “The more people we will train – the more orders from clients we will receive, because good IT specialists can always find a job on this fast-growing market,” he explained and added that his company is donating $100,000 to foundation.
“Now we are working out the plan of reforms in education, because nobody will provide money without a clear understanding of the path,” Ciklum’s Khmil said.
According to him, the foundation’s plan includes a five-year long program.
Ukraine’s IT sector is one of the fastest growing in Europe. According to Aventures, local IT outsourcing market consists of more than 500 companies that employ around 50,000 workers, whose exports in 2013 reached $2 billion. Samsung, Netcracker, Wargaming and other global companies – more than 100 of them – outsource their research and development projects in Ukraine, employing around 5,000 local workers.