Victoria introduces 'MBA' for IT professionals

An MBA in information management is how Victoria University's Brian Corbitt describes the new Masters in Information Management degree.

An MBA in information management is how Victoria University’s Brian Corbitt describes the new Masters in Information Management degree.

Corbitt, the head of the school of communications and information management (SCIM), says the degree, which will be offered from next year, is aimed at people who have at least three years' experience in the industry. They might be middle and senior managers wanting to learn about IT trends and management systems. “It’s designed to turn them into knowledge managers," Corbitt says of the degree, which can be done extramurally. Course sizes haven't been set, but classes typically have 25 to 35 students, the university says.

Victoria will also introduce a four-year Bachelor of Information Technology degree next year. Corbitt says students will be able to specialise in information systems, internet computing, software development and computer engineering. The degree will have 200 places available for first-year students. Developed with industry input, it offers a summer work placement programme and its final year will be industry-driven.

Before the BIT, people were either doing computer science majors in science or arts degrees, he says.

Corbitt says the university is offering the degrees because of the shortage of IT professionals in New Zealand.

Meanwhile, the University of Auckland launched a Bachelor of Business and Information Management in April. Based at university premises in Takapuna on the North Shore, the double-major degree was developed in response to growing demand for graudates with both business and information management skills.

The university business school also expects to offer a range of executive development short courses to the local business community.

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