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Tiga Calls For More Math And Science Courses

Tiga, the UK based trade association for developers, has called for a raft of changes to improve education in schools and universities -- particularly in terms of the teaching of mathematics and the sciences -- as well as teacher incentives and funding.
Tiga, the UK based trade association for developers, has called for a raft of changes to improve education in schools and universities, particularly in terms of the teaching of mathematics and the sciences. On the list of demands is more action to attract good teachers into schools, tuition fee subsidies for mathematics and computer science students, a reversal of cuts in computer science funding and the establishment of a Tiga managed Games Education Fund to promote games industry and university links. "If the UK video games industry is to maintain its competitive edge then we must address the skills shortages hampering the industry," said CEO Richard Wilson in a statement. "We need to improve standards in mathematics and the sciences in schools in order to increase the potential pool of graduates in these disciplines." “Employers have a vital part to play in improving skills in the games industry," he continued. "The Government should aim to reduce corporation tax on businesses to leave them with more money available for investment, including on training." Finally, in regards to the Tiga-managed fund, he commented: "We need to strengthen industry-university links in the games industry. Deploying the fund to promote industrial secondments, research fellowships, education outreach and knowledge transfer programs, and excellence in teaching would not only strengthen links between developers and academia. Ultimately it would help to enhance the competitiveness of the UK games development sector."

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