Low-code takeover: 100+ universities adopting low-code curriculum to fill enterprise gaps

More than 9,000 students are learning how to build applications without coding on the Mendix low-code platform, the company announced.

The benefits low-code platforms can bring to businesses At the 2018 Gartner Symposium, Simon Black of Mendix described the challenges businesses still face when adopting low-code systems.

In the midst of a developer talent shortage, enterprises are increasingly turning to low-code and no-code platforms that allow IT and business professionals to build applications without coding knowledge. These platforms are also spreading into the education system to better prepare future workers: On Tuesday, low-code platform Mendix announced that more than 100 universities across the US, UK, and 10 other countries are now using the Mendix University Program in their curricula, teaching students to build applications for future employers without coding.

More than 9,000 students worldwide have now used the platform, according to a press release. In 2018, 500 students received a Mendix Rapid Developer certification.

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The program helps students in technical and business educational tracks learn the skills necessary to use the low-code platforms and build business applications, the release noted. The goal is that upon graduation, these students will be able to promote collaboration between business and IT teams, and create and deploy applications that meet business needs and deliver impact.

"Low-code enables students to successfully build applications for their future employers without coding, regardless of whether their studies are technical or business oriented," Derek Roos, CEO of Mendix, told TechRepublic.

The Mendix University program aims to address the different aspects of the IT talent shortage, including inclusivity, as any student from any background can learn to use the low-code tools, Roos said. It also creates a pipeline of skilled workers for the enterprise, connecting graduates directly with employers who need those skills, he added.

In terms of the future of low-code in the enterprise, "I see technology, and specifically low-code, as the ultimate solution for the skills gap," Roos said. "As technology progresses, it should and will be designed to allow for those from various backgrounds and diverse skill sets to use that new technology. Low-code platforms for the enterprise do just that in that they enable anyone with an entrepreneurial spirit to build business applications and make their vision a reality."

For more, check out TechRepublic's low-code platform cheat sheet.

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