The School of Computing took the new degree to the market in November, staging a joint launch with the School of Business on the EIT Hawke’s Bay campus.
Among those attending the launch were members of the Hawke’s Bay Chamber of Commerce, graduates of EIT study programmes, people who work in the IT and business sectors and academics teaching the new programmes.
Head of School of Computing Dr Stephen Corich says the Master of Information Technology builds on EIT’s Post Graduate Diploma in Information Technology, a one year programme which can be studied full or part-time.
The development of the 18-month full-time master’s programme, which can also be studied part-time, is unusual in that it was not developed with the help of a consultant but by the School of Computing in tandem with the industry.
“We started with a blank piece of paper,” says Steve, “taking it to our advisory committee to determine what the industry wanted. The majority of the content is
based on what was suggested. That is our point of difference – we are the only tertiary educator in New Zealand to have done this, and it reflects our close links with those who work in the IT sector.”
Combining project work, case studies, real-life simulations and practical work experience, the degree is designed to produce graduates who are able to think critically and are equipped with high-level IT skills that can be applied to a wide range of situations.
“The masters is a natural progression for the school, which achieves close to a 100 percent employment rate for graduates of our Bachelor of Computing Systems.
“We have six PhDs on our teaching staff and for them the new degree also represents an opportunity to supervise master students.
That, in turn, improves our academics’ international research rating.”