Big data, artificial intelligence, and cybersecurity will become hallmark disciplines of Australia’s first Institute of Applied Technology for Digital Technology. This institute is currently under construction, being a part of the $154 million Meadowbank Education Precinct.
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Students will combine university studies with vocational training via a new education model piloted by Microsoft and other major universities.
Premier Dominic Perrottet stated that this kind of partnership between Microsoft and universities is education innovation at its best. Perrottet believes that the institute will play a key role in developing the workforce ready to tackle big data, cybersecurity, and other digital technology.
The institute is scheduled to open in August 2022. It will allow students to merge their current knowledge with hands-on experience and skills they’ll receive via vocational education.
Students will be able to obtain credentials in all levels of study, including a certificate, a diploma, or a bachelor’s degree. Additionally, the institute will offer masterclasses for current tech industry employees to upskill their credentials.
Vice-chancellor of the University of Technology Sydney, Andrew Parfitt, also welcomed this educational model since it would offer training to meet the industry demand.