MS to universities: more technocrats please

Australian universities should adjust their curricula to ensure graduates emerge with qualifications and capabilities that will address the IT skills gap, says Rajat Kumar, Microsoft Australia's first 'Academic Liaison Evangelist'.

After speaking to customers and industry partners, Kumar believes the skills gap is two-dimensional.

"The first dimension is a shortage of young professionals with industry-relevant technical capabilities -- too few technicians," he said.

"The second is that, of those technically skilled individuals, too few are technocrats who understand and successfully apply IT to real-world business challenges."

Kumar said universities should address the technical aspect of the gap by teaching technologies and products that are in wide use by business, to produce technicians that industry needs.

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