A Collaborative Approach to Developing a Part-Time Ph.D. Program in IT Architecture with Industry Cooperation

  • Jan WerewkaEmail author
Conference paper
Part of the Advances in Intelligent Systems and Computing book series (AISC, volume 504)


Ph.D. studies seem to become more and more attractive to industry professionals. Government policies in most countries advocate close mutual beneficial cooperation between industry and universities. In case of IT professionals, Ph.D. studies should be focused on strategic domains, advances in software engineering, and software system engineering. Moreover, development of IT architectures is crucial for software companies, and should become a vital area in the program of Ph.D. studies. This paper focuses on establishing a Ph.D. program in computer science in the context of collaboration with IT companies. The paper begins by discussing comparison of different characteristics of part-time and full-time studies. The motivation model includes main stakeholders, drivers, assumptions, principles and assessment methods that are the basis for the proposed Ph.D. project. Possible successful completion of the project is investigated through force field and SWOT analysis. The evaluation of the Ph.D. program takes into account preconditions for applicants, selection of the area of studies and its quality. The paper concludes that some attitude changes at universities and in the IT sector are necessary to carry out the project successfully.


Ph.D. studies IT architecture Software architecture Computer science Education 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Applied Computer ScienceAGH University of Science and TechnologyKrakówPoland

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