While the University of Auckland the Auckland University of Technology are expanding their IT offerings (see Auckland unis plan major IT course expansions), Massey University’s Albany Campus is also set for further growth in its IT courses.
The university says in 1999 its Institute of Information and Mathematical Sciences grew by 50% and has been on 15% to 20% annual growth path since then. It has 800 students and further growth is expected through a new course in robotics and a deal to bring over students from Singapore.
The “megatronics”, or robotics, course is now in its third year with just 10 students, but will be expanded to 25-30 in 2002.
The Singapore students will come armed with diplomas and will complete degree courses at both the Albany and Palmerston North campuses.
This year the Albany campus will see the first dozen graduates from an information engineering degree, launched three years ago. Massey also launched a software engineering degree two years ago and a computer systems engineering degree last year.