On September 24 in Lviv, Ukraine, the Faculty of Applied Sciences of the Ukrainian Catholic University (UCU) and the largest global IT company with Ukrainian roots, SoftServe, signed a memorandum on strategic partnership.
Each side is obligated to cooperate in the scholarly, educational, and methodological work of the faculty, sharing experience and scholarly developments, in particular:
- SoftServe will annually provide vital financial support for the faculty’s development.
- SoftServe will finance a number of student research projects. For this purpose, a joint UCU-SoftServe Research Group will be created at the faculty’s Laboratory of Machine Learning. Staff and students of the faculty and R&D engineers of SoftServe will work there together on joint research.
- A new course with be created at the UCU Faculty of Applied Sciences, Deep Reinforcement Learning. There students will study new trends in the field of artificial intelligence, the newest methods of machine learning, etc. Experts from SoftServe will teach the course.
“SoftServe is one of our most valued partners,” says Yaroslav Prytula, Dean of the UCU Faculty of Applied Sciences. “The company joined in the creation of the Faculty of Applied Sciences four years ago and since then we have systematically worked together on a number of initiatives. Many students of our faculty are continuing their professional development working at SoftServe, and experts from the company often lecture at our programs,” he emphasizes. “I am exceptionally pleased that our cooperation is developing in larger and system-wide forms. I am certain that this opens up for our teachers and students more and more possibilities for education, development, and career advancement.”
“For SoftServe, the support and development of technological education in Ukraine is a key area of corporate social responsibility,” says SoftServe’s Chairman of the Board, Yaroslav Lyubinets. “We understand that the contribution of business is important for providing youth necessary knowledge and skills which will allow them to start and successfully develop their careers. Even more so, engineering is not simply a specialization, but a way of thinking in which the person strives to find the optimal way of solving the problems which he or she sees around him or her. The more such representatives there are among the new generation of Ukrainians, the more chances there will be to achieve those global goals to which our society now aspires .”
The memorandum on strategic partnership goes into effect on the day of its signing and will continue until September 30, 2021. In July of each year the faculty and the company will hold an annual reporting meeting where they will discuss the results of the partnership, results achieved, and plans for the next year.
The UCU Faculty of Applied Sciences, founded in 2016, offers modern technological education in the following areas: bachelor’s programs in computer science, information technologies, and business analytics, and a master’s program in data science. The main areas of the faculty’s scholarly work are statistical analysis, machine learning, computer vision, development of natural language, and business analytics. In 2019, according to the rating of DOU, the faculty was rated the best educational institution in Ukraine in the field of information technologies. The English-language master’s program in data science is rated among the best programs in data science and business analytics in Europe.
SoftServe is a leading Ukrainian IT company in the field of software development and providing consulting services.
SoftServe is one of the largest companies that develops software in Central and Central Europe and is one of the three largest IT companies in Ukraine. More than 8000 staff members work in the company’s European and American offices, located in 12 countries. The companies main offices are in Lviv, Ukraine, and Austin, Texas, USA. The company’s development centers are located in Lviv, Kyiv, Dnipro, Kharkiv, Rivne, Ivano-Frankivsk, Chernivtsi (Ukraine), Sofia (Bulgaria), and in Poland in Wroclaw, Bialystok, Gliwice, and Warsaw.