Project management software vendor Hansoft has launched an education license program, giving a number of universities worldwide access to the company's latest game development tools.
Hansoft's software offers an integrated solution for agile and lean development. The company's toolkit facilitates collaborative scheduling, real-time reporting, bug tracking, workload coordination, and portfolio and document management.
Hansoft CEO Patric Palm feels that the educational license will benefit students looking to enter a competitive job market after graduation.
"This initiative actually came directly from the industry," Palm said. "Several of our clients independently approached us about the idea of an educational license to make student more ready for the everyday work at their studios. The response from lecturers and students has been overwhelming and we are really glad to be able to support the talent of the future with Hansoft."
Among the first schools to sign up for Hansoft's educational license are the Image Campus in Argentina and the Scottish Centre for Excellence in Computer Games Education at the University of Abertay Dundee.
"We expect our students to work on computer games development projects in a professional studio environment, and in a professional manner," said Gregor White, director of academic enterprise at the University of Abertay Dundee. "Hansoft enables the students to work together across courses and disciplines with improved communications, project management and reporting practices."
White continues: "With Hansoft’s educational license, we get the opportunity to use a professional tool at undergraduate level, something that makes our students better equipped to create high quality media and develop professional practices that will get them that dream job after graduation."