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Grad school reveals 'disruptive approach' to ICT education

Divina Paredes | March 3, 2017
An interview with Stuart Charters, director of the South Island Graduate Network and Laboratories.

Xtend: This is for senior staff in IT roles who are looking to take on more leadership - managerial, technical or peer roles within their organisation. “This is a work-based learning programme involving mentors from academia and industry,” he explains.

“IT pervades practically every industry, having a good grasp of computational thinking and other STEM concepts provides a great toolkit whatever career you go into and whatever direction your career takes you,” he says on the range of SIGNAL’s programmes.

“An important aspect of encouraging young people to consider STEM and ICT is to expose them to the wide range of roles that are available and demystify what actually happens in these careers,” he adds.

Charters discusses the upsides of having the ICT school based in the South Island.

“The South Island has a very vibrant tech community and is a great place to live and work,” he says.

A well, the five SIGNAL partners have a wide range of collaborations nationally and internationally.

“SIGNAL will be building on those relationships where appropriate and forging new ones to deliver opportunities for the South Island,” he says.


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