Did you know that eminent ICT companies have their headquarters in Luxembourg? Did you know that Luxembourg hosts 8 data centres of the highest category, tier IV? Or that Luxembourg leads a European project for a supercalculator?
Thus, much know-how and human resources are needed right now to develop Luxembourg's ICT sector. And this need can only be addressed by Luxembourg's high-schools.
In this perspective, the Ministry of National Education, Childhood and Youth introduces a new label called 'Future Hub', which will serve to highlight innovative high-schools in ICT. The label itself is part of the strategy Digital for Education, which has been presented two years ago with the set goal to prepare adolescents for the digital world and to exploit the potential ICT have to offer in education.
In a first step, the strategy seeks to support the training of future ICT specialists, which will become the main actors of the digital economy in Luxembourg. Minister Claude Meisch even compared the current situation to the boom of the iron and steel industry 120 years ago. Training centres called 'Léierbuden' (literally: learning huts) were then opened in order to train the industry's workforce.
Three high-schools, singled out as regional competence and training centres, are going to be first to be awarded the label: the Lycée des Arts et Métiers (LAM) in Luxembourg City, the Lycée technique d'Esch-sur-Alzette (LTE) and the yet to be opened Lycée Edward Steichen (LESC) in Clervaux. Apart from the label itself, the Future Hub also foresees the opening of a new section, the section "I" — IT and communication, in secondary education.
The Future Hubs function as schools specialised in ICT and sciences, with a focus on programming, management of very large databases (big data), financial technology applications (FinTech) and the development of video games (gaming). Courses will be offered in the different education levels, in secondary schools as well as in technical secondary schools. vocational qualification diploma (diplôme d'aptitude professionnelle, DAP), technician's diploma (diplôme de technicien, DT), A-level diplomas and other types of certifications.
The Future Hub concept also includes a new concept of school as a space for discovering and interacting with and debating about ICT. In other words, the new classes are going to provide students with all the necessary tools and knowledge to launch their own start-up in a second stage.
And in order to stimulate this evolution, the Future Hub schools are also going to open themselves to the world of companies and innovation.
(Source: press release of the MENEJ)