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Scholarships target IT skills shortage

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23 September 2008

A nationwide IT skills shortage has prompted Curtin University of Technology to offer four new undergraduate scholarships.

Two new Curtin Business School (CBS) Innovation Scholarships and the industry-supported Ingres Scholarship and ACS Foundation Scholarship are open to local and international students starting a Bachelor of Commerce in Business Information Systems (IS) and Business Information Technology (IT) in 2009.

The CBS Innovation Scholarships will each provide $10,000 per year over three years to assist with costs associated with studying such as fees and text books.

The Ingres Scholarship (valued at $2,500) and the ACS Foundation Scholarship (valued at $2,000) are supported by the School of Information Systems and provide work-integrated learning as well as financial assistance.

Curtin Business School Pro-vice Chancellor, Professor Duncan Bentley, said an Information Systems or Information Technology degree could give graduates a global career path.

“Curtin graduates are working for world-class companies such as CSC,  KPMG, CSG, Deliottes, Oracle, Ajilon Consulting and  Bankwest and are earning impressive salaries averaging more than $90,000* per year,” Professor Bentley said.

“These new scholarships are another way Curtin is responding to industry demands by providing job-ready graduates.”

The scholarships are supported by the Ingres Corporation, a leading provider of open source information management services and the ACS Foundation, established by the Australian Computer Society in 2001, which aims to encourage sponsorship of higher IT education and research.

Applications for the scholarships close on 3 November 2008.

For more information visit .au/business/aboutcbs/scholarships-and-bursaries or call Karen Clarke, School of Information Systems on 08 9266 4489 or Fion Ng on 08 9 266 2867.

NB Figure sourced from salary data obtained from August/September 2008.

Modified: 23 September 2008

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