European Informatics Conference 2023

The future of European Informatics Education – How to counter the skills shortage without compromising on quality?


14/15 December 2023

Thursday, 14 December: 09.30 – 15.30
Friday, 15 December: 10.00 – 14.30


AC Hotel Valencia by Marriott
Avenida de Francia, 67
46023 Valencia, Spain
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  • Representatives of the international business world and employers’ associations

  • Representatives of the national and international higher education community

  • Political stakeholders

  • Quality management staff of HEIs

  • Representatives of international quality assurance agencies

  • Representatives of recognition authorities

  • Any other interested parties


Hardly any other industry is as affected by the shortage of specialists and skilled workers as the IT sector. Today, more than half of all European companies have great difficulties filling vacancies with trained specialists, a trend which will accelerate in upcoming years. At the same time, the educational skill set in the field of computer science/informatics is developing with lightning speed, as is the nature of educational programs and providers, radically transforming the traditional education market.

How can these challenges be tackled? Can a harmonization of IT education on a European and global level be the solution? Will new educational providers replace "classical” studies of computer science? How can computer science education be adapted and changed according to (emerging) needs and trends (mentioning only a few buzz words such as artificial intelligence, data science, and big data) while still guaranteeing a high standard of quality in higher education?

In this international informatics conference, we have assembled all major European and global stakeholders from academia as well as industry. Together we will analyze the state of the art of European computer science education and present different ideas and approaches to deal with the problems described above. To what extent can computer science education benefit from (new) quality standards, how can clear recognition schemes support the academic and professional mobility and students and graduates, and how can alternative learning programs “revolutionize” and complement computer science education now and in the future without compromising on quality? Finally, how can the European informatics community (re)-unite and work collaboratively in order to overcome the current challenges and work towards common goals?


The agenda will include presentations and forum discussions that will stimulate in-depth discussions between the participants.

Please find the program here: