If you ask business leaders and HR people today, then one of the key issues the ICT sector is facing is education and skill development. We agree and advocate for education and training programs that help people to develop the skills in demand and companies to ensure their projects are staffed sufficiently.
That’s why I am happy to introduce a collaboration of companies, educators and public organizations from Germany and Kosovo – the Excellence Centre for IT Education, or short Ex-Cite, operating out of the Innovation and Training Park (ITP) in Prizren, Kosovo. Ex-cite has been founded by Evonem, a cloud-ops and cloud services company in Kosovo, the Consistency GmbH, a German IT consulting firm and the Elpix AG, an IT consulting and IT services company, also in Germany. In Februar 2020 Ex-Cite has signed a cooperation agreement with Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH too.
Ex-cite offers a high-quality, market-oriented education / training in IT and IT-related professions in and around Kosovo, such as Agile Basics & Scrum foundations (IT management training) which provides necessary knowledge to withstand the volatility in the 21st century and to form an Agile mindset as well as an AWS Cloud Practitioner (Amazon Web Services – Clouding) training, which serves as knowledge center for trainings around the AWS infrastructure.
Ex-cite aims to professionalize the IT-sector of Kosovo and the Balkan region in order to be part of an educational evolution. As a part of training program Ex-cite provides a certification path for both trainings from SCRUM-Master certified by PROVEN AGILE® and AWS Certified Cloud Practitioner to each participant of our trainings.
In addition, the company cooperates with other training providers who can use Ex-cite and its facilities as a platform for marketing and conducting their trainings. Between February 2021 to February 2022 more than 70 candidates went through the Scrum and AWS training programs.
Ex-cite has signed MoU’s with leading local universities and other education programs, as well as to accelerators and associations, including the University of Prishtina “Hasan Prishtina” – Faculty of Electrical and Computer Engineering, the University of Prizren “Ukshin Hoti” – Faculty of Computer Science, Innovation Center of Kosovo (ICK), or the Kosovo Association of Information and Communication Technology (STIKK) and others to provide Scrum, AWS and other trainings courses and to promote training activities. Ex-cite is preparing to extend its training program thematically and towards working directly with private companies and is also looking to expand in the region to Albania and North Macedonia.
Hans-Jurgen Cassens, the team leader of Innovation and Training Park Prizren, who is housing Ex-cite said: “The idea of the Innovation and Training Park is to bring different drivers for innovation together, foster cooperation among them and support synergies through providing adequate space, facilitation of cooperation and through support services. We strongly believe that this will result in better jobs, more skills and practical knowledge, as well as better incomes.”
You can learn more about ex-cite at https://ex-cite.io
The Innovation and Training Park (ITP) Prizren aims to become the regional hub for entrepreneurship innovation, business and skills development, and a source of innovative and successful ideas and is jointly funded by the Government of Germany and Kosovo. https://itp-prizren.com