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If entrepreneurs like Elon Musk, Jack Ma, or Bill Gates have taught us anything, it’s that the future and fortune lie in the convergence of business and technology.

If you play online games, zoom with your classmates, or scroll through social media regularly, then you know the effect that digital transformation has on the world. Our world today is forever changed by digital transformation and jobs in fields like AI, Big Data, and Machine Learning are poised to take over the future. 

For those already qualified in Computing, why not upgrade further with an MSc in Computer Science and Software Engineering? With the depressed job market and global economy, there’s no better time than the present to invest time in education.

The good news is that the Schaffhausen Institute of Technology (SIT) in Switzerland has just announced the launch of its SIT STAR Contest for its new MSc in Computer Science and Software Engineering. The scholarship includes both full and partial scholarships covering tuition costs. 

Not to be confused with Singapore’s own SIT, Schaffhausen Institute of Technology is a newly-established Swiss university created by technopreneurs, quantum physicists, and Nobel laureates, that focuses on the convergence of Business and Technology. 

About the MSc in Computer Science and Software Engineering

With the latest studies suggesting that a vast majority of computer science courses do not adequately prepare graduates for future careers as business leaders in tech, the programme’s aim is to tackle the current challenges in the IT, physics, and business industries, focusing primarily on the shortage of future leaders joining the software sector.

SIT’s Masters of Computer Science and Software Engineering is available in 3 formats: 

  • Standard – 4 semesters at SIT
  • Fast-Track – 3 semesters at SIT
  • Double-degree with international partners out of Top-10 Computer Science universities – 4 semesters, with students spending Year 1 (Semesters 1 & 2) at SIT and Year 2 (Semesters 3 and 4) at partner universities

One of the most interesting aspects of the programme is the Master’s thesis, which can be written based on the student’s experience in their own start-up business, where they get access to potential investors, and SIT’s business network partners like Acronis and many others, allowing them to blend their highly technical master’s degrees with MBA-level opportunities for entrepreneurship. 

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What is the Scholarship?

The SIT STAR Contest includes both full scholarships (covering 100% of SIT tuition costs), and partial scholarships (covering 20% of tuition costs). SIT STAR Contest winners will opt for a programme based on individual interviews – including the double-degree option, with their scholarship (either full- or partial-) applying to Year 2 at a partner university.

The tech competition will be held exclusively online for a duration of 4 hours on June 17th, 2020: prior to that, between June 1-7th candidates will be able to familiarise themselves with the tasks and testing environment. Interviews will be subsequently conducted with successful scholarship candidates in June-July, 2020.

To be considered for the SIT STAR Contest you need to:

  • Have a bachelor’s degree in Computer Science or any other STEM field
  • Speak English at a level sufficient to pursue graduate studies 
  • Be a resident of Eastern Europe (including Russia) or Southeast Asia

While past academic qualifications will be taken into consideration, the competition will be judged almost exclusively on each applicant’s performance in the online assignments, and top participants with the highest scores will be invited for admissions interviews with the professors from SIT.

All short-listed applicants will sit for a virtual interview, conducted by SIT professors and faculty members – including top global leaders in technology and business, such as founder Dr. Serguei Beloussov, or luminaries like Nobel Prize winner Konstantin Novoselov.

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About SIT

Schaffhausen Institute of Technology is a newly-established Swiss university founded by renowned tech entrepreneur and quantum physicist, Dr. Serguei Beloussov. The strategic advisory board is led by Nobel Laureate Prof. Sir Kostya Novoselov in cooperation with Oxford Prof. Artur Ekert, University of Geneva Prof. Nicolas Gisin, Harvard Prof. Mikhail Lukin and focuses on the convergence of Business and Technology.  

Focusing on what it calls “Knowledge Through Education”, SIT’s newly developed curriculum is heavily research and innovation-oriented. The campus boasts all new, state-of-the-art facilities, and key partnerships with major global organisations – allowing students to engage first-hand in developing technology and solutions to real global issues.

SIT is located in the quaint town of Schaffhausen, in the Canton of Schaffhausen situated on the border with Germany, along the Rhine River. Historic Schaffhausen itself dates back over 1,000 years, and is home to the famous Swiss watch maker, IWC Schaffhausen. While Schaffhausen is Switzerland’s most northern place, it’s also centrally located within the country and just a short train ride from Zürich – Switzerland’s biggest, wealthiest city – and just a short flight away from major hubs like London, Paris, and Rome.