Factsheet: (CLARIN in) UPSKILLS


The UPSKILLS Project in a Nutshell 

Full project name (with link to project page)
UPgrading the SKIlls of Linguistics and Language Students 

36 months, September 2020 – Augustus 2023

Project coordinator (main applicant)
Universita ta Malta 

6 partners: Universita ta Malta, Univerzitet u Beogradu, CLARIN , Universitaet Graz, Sveuciliste u Rijeci, Alma Mater Studiorum - Universita di Bologna

Summary of main topic and goals
Technology giants such as Google, Amazon, and Facebook all work with language data and the demand for research skills in language-related domains is constantly growing. University curricula, however, are rarely oriented towards the digital skills needed in research and industry jobs. As a result, students tend to be poorly prepared for research or industry careers.

The central goal of the UPSKILLS project is to identify and tackle the gaps in digital skills through the development of a new curriculum component and supporting the embedding of adequate materials in existing programmes. The project consortium will work together with companies to cover real-world tasks and scenarios of technology use in the studies. We will integrate existing research into teaching by promoting inquiry-based learning, and by organising training of the trainers. Internationalisation will be promoted between higher education institutions by offering a unified curriculum component across several countries and through multiplier events aimed at participants from 20+ countries. 

The project will result in a new profile of graduates in language-related disciplines, who will fit well in contemporary professional environments, both in industry and academia. The project outcomes will have an impact far beyond the members of the project consortium. Ultimately, the project will lead to better job prospects for students in language-related disciplines and beyond, a smoother transition to the world of work, and a better work force for industry and research.

The project deliverables can be found here

CLARIN in the Project

CLARIN's role in the workplan CLARIN is contributing to the following tasks:  needs analysis, integrating RIs into teaching for (i) language data standards and repositories and (ii) text and speech processing,  and dissemination of the created learning content, a.o. by organising a multiplier event.

CLARIN effort 170 working days (out of project total of 2085 working days)

CLARIN's coordinator for this project Iulianna van der Lek


Administrative Details

Topic-ID KA203 - Strategic Partnerships for higher education
Call-ID 2020 Round 1 KA2 - Cooperation for innovation and the exchange of good practices
Programme  Erasmus+
Grant Agreement number 2020-1-MT01-KA203-074246
Internal pages for UPSKILLS with WPs, deliverables, distribution of PMs, Events, etc. (link)