EIT’s Bachelor of Computing Systems is one of just six degrees nationwide to have gained accreditation from the IT industry’s professional body.
Launched by the IT Professionals NZ (IITP), the degree accreditation programme aligns with similar programmes evaluating tertiary qualifications in countries around the world.
The IITP’S accreditation endorses computing and IT degrees providing the best pathway to industry in New Zealand and abroad.
As part of a comprehensive review of all aspects of EIT’s computing degree programme, a panel of academic and industry experts spent several days on campus.
The evaluation also considered whether the degree met the needs of local industry.
“As such we pay particular attention to evidence of things like industry engagement, team work, practical application of theoretical skills, staff capability and professional practice,” says IITP chair Professor Stephen MacDonell.
Assistant head of EIT’s computing school and programme coordinator for the Bachelor of Computing Systems, Dr David Skelton says the accreditation is a fully independent endorsement of the degree.
“The institute represents thousands of members nationwide and it has been the voice of the IT profession for over 50 years. The accreditation gives our bachelor’s programme great credibility and acknowledges EIT’s role as a leading educator in the IT and computing sector.”
Skelton says graduates are in high demand.
“A New Zealand Tech survey undertaken last year spotlighted industry plans to take on some 10,000 employees over the next three years. Our school’s suite of programmes are tailored to teach the skills sought by technology companies.”