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Laying Strong Foundation In IT
“I felt the degree programme would add value to my personal profiles and qualifications,” Evelyn Chia, on Wollongong’s IT programmes
DRIVEN by a desire to upgrade her qualifications from diploma to degree, Evelyn Chia enrolled in the University of Wollongong’s Bachelor of Information Technology (Computing), offered at SIM Global Education (SIM GE).
Evelyn has long been interested in info-communications technology (ICT) and was already employed in the sector. Knowing first-hand what skills would help her advance in her career, she opted for Wollongong’s programme. The part-time study programme equips students with a strong foundation in theory, analysis, design and implementation — core competencies that can be applied to a wide range of key areas.
“I felt the degree programme would add value to my personal profiles and qualifications,” says Evelyn. The programme lasts three years but applicants who gain advanced standing can obtain their degree more quickly.
Senior faculty members conduct lectures while experienced local lecturers and practitioners conduct tutorials.
“The lecturers often shared experiences that are beyond theoretical knowledge, and this has benefited and inspired us greatly," Evelyn says. “I also benefited through knowledge sharing with classmates about one another’s area of expertise. For example, I had a classmate who was working as a Systems Administrator and he lent us a helping hand when it came to assignments and exams preparation, in particular the Systems Administration module.”
Another reason to sign up is the programme’s global recognition and the University of Wollongong’s reputation. Wollongong is placed among the top two percent of universities in the world, after strong showings in the QS World University Rankings 2012 and Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2012.
The 2013 Australian Good Universities Guide is also the 13th consecutive year where Wollongong has scored the maximum five stars in the Getting a Job and Positive Graduate Outcomes categories.
Having the University of Wollongong’s Bachelor of Information Technology (Computing) helped Ms Chia find a better-paying job as a senior consultant at a leading ICT service provider after her graduation.
The skills she learnt while studying and working proved invaluable. “Yes, it was a great challenge. Personal time had to be largely compromised to cope with the stressful work and study commitments. Great determination and self-discipline were necessary to make it happen.”
“Good planning and prioritisation were also vital to manage both work and studies well. The skills learnt during the course improved and strengthened my IT-related skillsets and knowledge. This has enabled me to perform my work in a more competent manner, and helped me to progress further in my career.”
About the course
There are four intakes per year for Wollongong’s Bachelor of Information Technology (Computing) programme: January, April, July and October. The University of Wollongong also offers two other ICT programmes through SIM GE — Digital Systems Security and Multimedia and Game Development.
All the degree programmes at SIM-University of Wollongong are accredited at the professional level by the Australian Computer Society (ACS).
– Interview and first published by the Today newspaper, Tuesday 4 June 2013. Posted online in October 2013.