Minister officially opens new South Island ICT Grad School

23 August 2017

SIGNAL ICT Graduate School was officially opened by the Minister for Tertiary Education Paul Goldsmith yesterday.

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    The Minister for Tertiary Education Paul Goldsmith (pictured second from left) talks with students at the SIGNAL ICT Graduate School in central Christchurch.

SIGNAL ICT Graduate School was officially opened by the Minister for Tertiary Education Paul Goldsmith yesterday.

The opening at the Christchurch studio of SIGNAL ICT Graduate School, 181 High St, Christchurch, was linked via video conference to the Dunedin SIGNAL studio at 123 Vogel St, Dunedin

Dr David Band, Chair of the SIGNAL Board welcomed the Minister and offered some opening remarks about the successes of the ICT Graduate School to date. The Minister addressed the invited academic and industry audience to officially open the ICT Grad School.

SIGNAL ICT Graduate School is a collaboration of the five leading South Island tertiary institutions: University of Canterbury (Lead Organisation), Lincoln University, Ara Institute of Canterbury, University of Otago and Otago Polytechnic, and is tasked with growing and developing the ICT Industry in the South Island by working closely and reactively with industry.

There are over 40 students enrolled in SIGNAL programmes delivered from the two sites in Christchurch and Dunedin.  SIGNAL’s offerings include a programme to upskill digital technologies teachers in schools, a re-training programme for those looking to shift to a tech career, and professional development in-work courses for those who are already have established careers within the tech sector.

SIGNAL has recently started its first cohort of Christchurch based students in the Shift programme, designed for people who wish to move into a tech career but who do not have a first degree in a tech related subject.  

Director of SIGNAL Dr Stuart Charters says, “The tech sector is the third largest in NZ, and is growing rapidly.  SIGNAL is well positioned to assist growth in this area from the ground up, and has pathways in place to transition graduates from any discipline into tech, to help address the current skills shortages. It is particularly heartening to see that 80% of the new cohort in Christchurch are women, and that mature graduates are considering tech as a viable and lucrative career change. We expect these trends to continue as the range of career options within tech becomes more widely known.” 

For further information please contact:

Margaret Agnew, Senior External Relations Advisor, University of Canterbury
Phone: +64 3 369 3631 | Mobile: +64 275 030 168margaret.agnew@canterbury.ac.nz
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