New IT diploma to lure students

NEIL RATLEY
Last updated 14:31 08/05/2014
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GOOD MOVE: Programme manager Scott Morton says a new course at SIT will give graduates the skills the IT industry is looking for.

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The Southern Institute of Technology has added another notch to its academic belt to entice more students to the south.

The New Zealand Qualifications Authority has approved SIT to offer a Postgraduate Diploma and Certificate in information technology.

SIT chief executive Penny Simmonds said the new course was designed for students who had completed a bachelor degree in IT studies to go on and study at a higher level.

"We are the only institute of technology or polytech to offer the IT postgraduate course in the South Island," Simmonds said.

The IT postgraduate course joined nursing and business as the only three postgraduate disciplines to be offered at SIT, she said.

The IT area had strong international student numbers, and the postgraduate course was another step in adding to the credibility of SIT and would benefit the region.

"Students can stay in Southland to study at that higher level and it also means our graduates are emerging with a higher skill level for local industry," Simmonds said.

Postgraduate Diploma and Certificate in IT programme manager Scott Morton said: "We looked at the top jobs in IT out there and asked industry, including those in Southland, what they were looking for."

Dealing with big data and transferring from hard infrastructure to cloud infrastructure were prominently mentioned.

The IT course will be rolled out in September.

Simmonds said the latest postgraduate course would not be the last on offer at SIT.

"We certainly have others on the drawing board at the moment."

The polytech now offered pathways from the pre-employment certificate programmes right through to postgraduate options, Simmonds said.

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