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Dansk Industri wants to create state-of-the-art digital hub

Denmark must invest more in IT education to keep up with the fast-developing field, claims industry expert

The innovative environment at the digital hub would attract young talents from Denmark and abroad (photo: iStock)
December 9th, 2016 4:00 pm| by Lucie Rychla
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The confederation of Danish industry, Dansk Industri (DI), has called upon the Danish government to invest in a digital hub to bring together IT experts, entrepreneurs and students to develop the digital solutions of the future.

“We know the investments of the future will go to those countries that are first to market with new digital solutions,” explained Karsten Dybvad, the head of DI.

“So far, Denmark has done well in the digital race – but it is far from certain that this will continue.”

READ MORE: Denmark emerging as a leader in software development

Unique framework
Denmark has a shortage of computer specialists, and DI therefore encourages the government to launch a national action plan that would improve the quality of IT education across generations.

The Digitisation Panel at DI has proposed that private and public sector stakeholders create ‘Digital Hub DK’ – a joint initiative that would provide a unique framework for up to 1,000 IT specialists and students – both from Denmark and abroad.

At the hub, students could work on short-term projects in co-operation with Danish businesses and develop models and prototypes, explained Marianne Dahl Steensen, the chairman of the Digitisation Panel and general manager of Microsoft Denmark.

The hub would also offer workshops, talks and networking events and help disseminate expert knowledge.