New IT degree at Weltec and Whitireia features AI and other disruptive tech

‘Future-oriented’ degree aims to provide industry with the skills and knowledge needed for business growth and sustainability

The programme considers learner needs now and into the future

Dr. Ruth Anderson, WelTec and Whitireia

Artificial intelligence, data analytics and user experience design are among the new fields identified by the ICT sector as necessary skills for today's information technology graduates.

These skill areas have been incorporated in the new joint WelTec and Whitireia bachelor of information technology available in 2019.

The degree, which is subject to approval from NZQA,  includes five majors - data science, cybersecurity, interaction design, networking and infrastructure, and software development.

The programme will also offer communication and interpersonal skills that enable graduates to interact effectively with others, and develop important workplace skills such as problem-solving and critical thinking.

Based on current market requirements, the new degree is future-oriented to provide industry with the skills and knowledge needed for business growth and sustainability, according to an announcement by WelTec and Whitireia.

The two polytechnics have partnered to provide programmes that are relevant to the industry and to deliver work-ready graduates.

In developing the new degree, the WelTec and Whitireia School of IT has drawn not only on its own expertise, but that of current learners and industry including Corelogic NZ, Intergen, Nokia, Xero, ANZ Technology and PwC.

"Industry requires people who can think creatively, adapt to change, collaborate across teams and develop, test, refine and deploy a range of technologies,” says Dr. Ruth Anderson, director academic, WelTec and Whitireia.

“The success of the new bachelor of information technology will rest on the ongoing partnership with industry and the knowledge, expertise, experience and commitment of our tutors. It is the strength of this partnership that has enabled us to develop a programme which we consider will meet learner needs now and into the future," says Anderson.

Simon Marquis, country senior representative for Nokia New Zealand, says industry relies on talented people with knowledge and expertise in the latest technologies and emerging areas of development.

“This is a great initiative and we look forward to continuing engagement with the New Zealand academic community in the future,” says Marquis.

“The new bachelor of IT builds on our excellent reputation for producing graduates with ICT skills for Wellington’s expanding ICT sector,” says Mary Proctor, head of the school of IT for WelTec and Whitireia.

“We are especially pleased to be able to make this qualification available to prospective students who can enrol with confidence knowing they will be learning the applied skills employers are seeking.”

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