It’s well known that software engineers are in high-demand right now with startups and companies around the world. And if they’re not able to hire from the existing talent pool, companies are looking at the next generation – those computer science majors seeking to make a name for themselves in the industry. However, after four years of post-secondary academia, are these students really prepared for the working world?
Facebook Open Academy kicked off in spring 2013 with an ambitious goal to improve the curriculum at a meaningful number of top university computer science departments around the world. Specifically, the aim is to provide a practical, applied software engineering experience as part of a university student’s CS education. This is accomplished through a partnership with open source projects that allows the students to receive academic credit for work pertaining to the open source code base. Mentors and faculty engage with the students on a weekly basis to support progress and positive learning outcomes.