Continuous improvement

Award of Recognition
by Carnegie Mellon University
March 21, 2015

ESI CEE received an Award of Recognition of Collaboration in Software Engineering Education by Carnegie Mellon University @ 25th Anniversary of ISR MSE Program, March 21, 2015, Pittsburgh (photo)


During the two phases of the project, main courses were transferred and/or developed, the main qualification tracks of the train-the-trainer program (T-t-T) were completed with 8-10 professors or instructors, all courses were piloted with at least 1-2 groups from 2-3 partner universities. Capacity for delivery of 17 academic courses, compatible with SEI-CMU and CMU-ISR, was built. Seven of the courses were used in the regular academic education of Bulgarian universities in 2012-2013 and another ten - in academic 2013/2014. More than 660 students and industry representatives have attended the academic and professional courses organized by ESI CEE under the SEMP program since November 2012.The students that successfully graduated from the courses received a professional certificate form SEMP program. The SEMP courses are considered as significant assets for young people when they seek for employment in the ICT sector. Some of the best students were able to attend open lectures and summer courses taught by distinguished lecturers in Bulgaria.

Dr. Eduardo Miranda,
Open lecture FMI, 2014
Kent Johnson,
Open lecture, 2014
Prof. David Garlan,
Intensive course, 2011
David Anderson,
Open lecture, 2013
Dr. V. Ivanova &
Dr. A. Aleksieva
qualification path

The next steps (some in progress) are:

• upgrade of existing 4-5 Master of Sciences profiles (or Bachelor Degree) with main partner universities with core set of SEMP courses in order to meet identified industrial profiles – in progress for profiles like: Software Development/Engineering Manager or Team Leader; IT Services Manager; Software Architect; Quality Manager
• defining of 1-2 complete SEMP Master programs (and considering the future option of a “dual program” with CMU or other international university)
• continual improvement and maintenance of the courses (and materials), plus further train-the-trainer program development
• national and regional expansion of the program – in collaboration with leading universities and industry from the region of South Eastern Europe (interest from more than 5 countries even in pilot courses)

An inter-university center within ESI Center is already established as “SEMP: T&Q Center (Training and Qualification)” in order to:
• institutionalize the further content and curriculum development
• support and implement the train-the-trainer program
• perform advanced trainings (such as advanced technologies, or by visiting lecturers) and coordinate and mentor the practicum (studio courses)
• develop new areas – starting with a CyResLab: Cyber Resilience Laboratory, available both for training and R&D activities in the field of cyber security, offensive security and the anatomy of a modern attack, organizing CTF*BG (Capture The Flag), blue<>red simulations, penetration testing