New Wellington ICT Grad School Welcomed

Thursday, October 15, 2015

National List MP based in Ōhāriu Brett Hudson welcomes the announcement by the Minister for Tertiary Education, Skills & Employment Steven Joyce that three Wellington tertiary education providers will jointly host the region’s new Information and Communications Technology (ICT) Graduate School.

With 20 years’ experience in the ICT sector, Mr Hudson is delighted that the ICT Graduate School has been announced for the Wellington Region.

“The ICT sector is a significant contributor to Wellington’s economy and this announcement will help strengthen that further,” Mr Hudson noted.

“I congratulate Victoria University of Wellington, WelTec and Whitireia on their collaboration to deliver this ICT Graduate School in the heart of our vibrant city.”

“Through this initiative we will see ICT graduates with work-relevant, business-focused skills; skills that will offer them greater opportunities into interesting and well-paying jobs.”

The Wellington ICT Graduate School will join the Auckland and Christchurch Schools that were announced in July.

“The 2015 ICT sector report showed exports of IT services and software have doubled since 2008.  The ICT Graduate Schools will deliver more of the skilled graduates that New Zealand needs and will help to boost innovation in the ICT sector,” says Mr Hudson.

The Government committed $28.6 million over four years for the development and delivery of the three ICT Graduate Schools. Once fully established, the three schools are expected to train more than 350 students annually in one year graduate and post-graduate courses.

The successful ICT Graduate Schools have been selected following a competitive procurement process run by the Tertiary Education Commission and the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment.

More information about the ICT graduate schools can be found here.


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