Analysis 07 Jul 17

Serbia Seeks to Boost Digital Start-Ups

Serbia’s robust tech sector is being assisted by schemes to encourage entrepreneurial endeavours - but some students still have to learn to take chances and join IT start-ups rather than seeking traditional jobs.

Alex Papke
BIRN
Belgrade
Export figures published in April shows a growth in Serbia's export of IT services of 21 per cent, placing the sector near or above traditional agricultural exports for 2016. Photo: Flickr/Ignite New Zealand

In late June, just days before future students were about to take their entrance exams at faculties across the country, the Serbian education ministry decided to raise the quota for the number of students who can be admitted to IT courses by an additional 707 seats.

Due to the increasing demand for new technology and investment in the country’s IT and programming sector, the trend towards start-ups in the tech community is increasing and the interest in IT studies has grown.

Experts however say that Serbian educational system is yet to adapt to the new needs of the market, while students need to learn to relinquish the comfort zone of safe employment at established companies and leap into start-ups.

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