VERTICAL INNOVATIONS NECESSARY FOR INCREASING THE ACCESSIBILITY OF ICT ACADEMIC PROGRAMMES
The specifics of the ICT labour market require continuous and rapid qualification and retraining of staff. At the same time, the existing conventional educational structure does not allow the rapid adaptive retraining of specialists as the majority of university programmes are based on a fixed set of foundation courses and a modular education system. This paper describes a new concept for academic curriculum structure that aims at providing open access to the curriculum excluding the historical relationships in forming the foundation of knowledge, and opens the market of educational services to other providers, such as colleges, private academies and practical hands on experience. The presented model encourages competition and does not allow dividing the operators of educational services into new entrants or players in a dominant position, thus the concepts found in real terms realisation of new undergraduate program in Network Engineering at New Bulgarian University.