President of Microsoft International Jean-Philippe Courtois: Estonian universities should train more young engineers
A top-level executive of Microsoft Jean-Philippe Courtois, President of Microsoft International (a sales and services unit covering 110 countries), paid a visit to Tallinn University of Technology (TTÜ) on June 7.
Jean-Philippe Courtois met with the Rector of Tallinn University of Technology Jaak Aaviksoo and gave a speech at TUT titled “Generation Z as Challenger to the Existing Business Models”, in which he introduced Microsoft’s programmes for recruiting young talents and spoke of how the technology use of young people and their desire for flexible working conditions are forcing all companies, regardless of their sector, to undergo internal innovations and review their previous business models.
Courtois gave an interview to the daily news broadcast “Aktuaalne kaamera” on the same day and said that Estonia needs more engineers in order to attract international branches of big technology companies, as all other local conditions for foreign investors are very good.
“Universities should train more young engineers. Estonia currently has shortcomings in that field. The number of engineers, who are acknowledged and proficient in developing cloud services and processing big data, should be 2-3 times higher than it is at present. Combining these skills with the excellent infrastructure of Estonian telecom companies is a great way to attract foreign investors,” explained Jean-Philippe Courtois.