Lincrea have about 600 employees and have offices in several cities across Japan plus an American subsidiary in New York. Lincrea offer software development, consultancy and training services to a wide cross-section of Japanese businesses. The corporation’s mission is to create highly reliable information systems that are useful to management, acknowledged in the field and sought after by clients.
Lincrea views its people as a key resource and the Summer School provides the opportunity to free some of their most talented developers from day-to-day pressures and gain experience of recent developments in software engineering practice in addition to gaining experience in a European context. Since 2007 the School of Computing at Edinburgh Napier University has hosted an annual Summer School in Software Engineering for delegates from the Japan-wide Lincrea Corporation.
Each course lasts eight weeks facilitating both breadth and depth of coverage. The syllabus for each summer school has been different, reflecting the changing technical context in which modern software systems are developed. Each year the School works with colleagues at Lincrea to create a demanding programme that meets the present and future technical needs of Lincrea and the specific needs and interests of the delegates themselves.The Summer School draws on a wide range of expertise from with the School of Computing - in 2011 no fewer than ten staff from the School were involved. This most recent summer school delivered a highly diverse range of topics and technologies including web, mobile and cloud computing development, project management and even communications skills and business English. In addition a programme of company visits and social activities ensures that the delegates benefit as much as possible from their time in Scotland.