Education, innovation, language, and internationalization — pure gold for IT outsourcing
- The second part of the articles series/study on IT Outsourcing in Romania compared to the other EE countries -
As we stated in the first part of our analysis, there is a lot of data regarding the software services and IT outsourcing market in Eastern Europe and, while gathering them, new perspectives of analysis open in front of us.
Therefore, the second part of our analysis has subjects as the differences and similarities between Romania and Ukraine, as regarding education, innovation, and internationalization.
A recent study ranks Romania as the 6th country in the world as a number of IT specialists, before some countries like Great Britain, Germany, and Canada. (1)
On the other hand, there are articles that state that every year, Ukraine has around 130,000 engineering graduates, which is more than in France, Germany, Poland, and many other European countries. Also, Ukraine has the largest share of IT graduates among CEE countries — over 16,000 IT graduates every year.
Only two Romanian universities are listed in the QS World University Rankings® 2020, as compared to the 6 of Ukraine. (2)
Romanians women perform in IT — both men specialized in the field and women have excellent results in the field. (1)
Romania ranked the 46th in the study recently released by IMD Switzerland. The study is in its third year, it is named IMD World Digital Competitiveness Ranking and measures the capacity and readiness of 63 countries to assume and discover digital know-how as the main force for economic change in business, government, and the community. (3)
At the first release of the study, in 2017, Romania ranked 54, then, in 2018, it ascended to 47.
Ukraine has ranked the 60th, taking a small decline after the 2018 position of 58.
Language and internationalization
Romanians are excellent speakers of foreign languages and this is due to our educational system that favors the study of languages and technical sciences. 98% of the nearly 120,000 IT professionals have a good knowledge of English.
Romania has a high proficiency ranking in English, being 16th in the world, as stated by the English Proficiency Index as compared to Ukraine that is considered to have Moderate proficiency and it ranks 43. (4)