30 May 2014
Information and Communications Technology (ICT) is growing and developing rapidly and becoming an integral factor in successful economic growth around the world. The Government wants to ensure New Zealand has people equipped with the ICT skills required to keep pace with developments.
Budget 2014 allocated $28.6m over four years for an ICT Graduate School programme. The programme will deliver industry-focused education and research that builds connections between tertiary education providers and high-tech firms. The objectives are to produce graduates with work-relevant and business-focused skills, provide more direct pathways from education into employment, and help grow New Zealand’s ICT talent to support firm growth, innovation and productivity.
The initiative will provide funding for education, research and collaborative activities to attract top student, academic and industry talent with schools proposed for Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch. In Christchurch, the initiative will be located in the soon to be established Christchurch Innovation Precinct. In the other cities, the initiatives will need to be integrated with the local innovation system, such as through local innovation precincts or technology hubs.
In addition to providing education and research in specific locations, the programme will also involve the development of more broadly applicable ICT education initiatives that can be delivered through affiliated education providers throughout New Zealand.
The details, including the number and size of the ICT Graduate School programme initiatives, will be determined through a tender process that will seek collaborative proposals from one or more education providers and industry partners.
The TEC and MBIE will hold workshops with key representatives from the tertiary sector and industry in July to refine the proposed outcomes of the programme before starting the tender process. We will be in contact with key stakeholders with dates for the workshops soon.
A Request for Proposals will be posted on Government Electronic Tenders Service (GETS).
A series of Questions and Answers on the initiative can be found on the ICT Graduate School programme page.
If you have any queries, or would like to subscribe to updates on this initiative please email ICTGradSchools@tec.govt.nz