Closing the Gap Between Software Engineering Education and Industrial Needs

Vahid Garousi, Görkem Giray, Eray Tuzun, Cagatay Catal, Michael Felderer

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According to different reports, many recent software engineering graduates often face difficulties when beginning their professional careers, due to misalignment of the skills learnt in their university education with what is needed in industry. To address that need, many studies have been conducted to align software engineering education with industry needs. To synthesize that body of knowledge, we present in this paper a systematic literature review (SLR) which summarizes the findings of 33 studies in this area. By doing a meta-analysis of all those studies and using data from 12 countries and over 4,000 data points, this study will enable educators and hiring managers to adapt their education / hiring efforts to best prepare the software engineering workforce.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)68 - 77
Number of pages10
JournalIEEE Software
Issue number2
Early online date11 Mar 2019
Publication statusPublished - Mar 2020


  • important skills
  • industry needs
  • knowledge gap
  • software engineering curriculum
  • Software engineering education

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Software

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