Computer science students at The Australian National University will have a unique opportunity to combine work placement with study in a new program designed to help address the ICT skills shortage facing the ACT and surrounding regions.
The ANU College of Engineering and Computer Science (CECS) and the Australian Computer Society Foundation (ACSF) will today sign an agreement to provide scholarships for ANU students of between $12,000 and $15,000 for relevant work experience in local businesses while completing their degree.
The program will be launched by ANU vice-chancellor Professor Ian Chubb in the Ian Ross Building at ANU. Professor Chubb is also chair of the new ACT Skills Commission.
From 2007 the college will cluster classes for third-year students into three days of the week, leaving two consecutive days for work placements. The program will be extended to second year students in 2008.
The ACSF has secured a number of industry partners who will contribute the scholarship fund. There are expected to be 50 places available in the scheme by the end of 2007 and 150 by the end of 2009.