Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Drop in University ICT Enrolments

According to the 2012 ACS Statistical Compendium, released today. This 80 page document provides an overview of the state of the digital economy, employment and education in the computer and telecommunications industry in Australia. The rrport found there were 543,992 ICT workers in Australia, contributing $100.62 Billion to the Digital Economy each year, with $4.5b exports. The report was produced by CIIER and Whitehorse, edited by Ian Dennis.

One area of concern identified by the report is the decline in university ICT  enrolments:
The completions data results and future completions analysis are alarming. Not only have we seen a decrease in ICT completions since 2003 of nearly 30% overall, almost all of this decline has occurred in domestic students at over 52% decline, down from 9,000 graduates a year in 2003 to 4,300 in 2010.
For the last year I have been looking at how to have more flexible education for ICT professionals. At ANU I have been looking at how to combine industry certification with formal university programs. Over the next two months I will be preparing some more details proposals to blends some of the techniques ACS uses for education and certification, alongside traditional university programs. This would remove the current restriction where students have to enrol in one restricted certified course, in order to have their degree recognized by ACS. This might increase the pool of potential ICT professionals.


Why This Publication?     4
How Should We Read This?     5
At a Glance     6
Defining ICT     7
Who We Are     13
Learning ICT      15
Vocational Education & Training (VET)      19
ICT Migration     21
Women in ICT     23
Where We Work     28
What We Are Paid     30
ICT Industry     41
What We Do     49
How We Do IT     60
How Do We Compare?     62
Where Have We Come From - And 70
Where Are We Going   
New Projection     73
Australia’s Digital Future     74 ...

From: 2011 ACS Statistical Compendium,  Ian Dennis, CIIER and Whitehorse, or ACS, 13 November 2012

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