Few universities can roll with the times the way Charles Sturt University can. This is an institution that believes academic offerings should evolve alongside industry needs. They understand that when planning for an uncertain future, only in-demand competencies can guarantee the biggest payoffs –– hence its pioneering efforts to not only reconfigure curricula but graduate programme lineups as well. Its latest additions are proof.
Despite already boasting over 200 industry-accredited postgraduate courses across 19 diverse career areas, Charles Sturt’s impressive roster of experts have innovated two more: the Master of Professional Information Technology (with specialisations – CRICOS Course Code 107953F) and the Master of Professional Accounting (Professional Practice – CRICOS course code 107935H) –– both of which were designed to translate into bright futures, through either online or in-person delivery.
The first focuses on filling a global IT skills gap that is only growing. In fact, it was specifically designed for international students who are vying to hone the fundamental tech skills needed to step out of university and immediately into the workforce. While theoretical knowledge gives them confidence, practical experience makes them career-ready.
A third of the Master of Professional Information Technology is devoted to interaction with the industry. While applying their newfound knowledge as they go, students build strong professional networks, familiarise themselves with cutting-edge technologies, and learn directly from the best in their future fields.
Specialisations determine where they end up. The programme offers five: Artificial Intelligence, Cybersecurity, Data Science, Networking, and Software Development. High-performing students have the option of undertaking a research pathway in their chosen area. Each route permits entry to booming fields employers are recruiting heavily for.
Begin with the fact that the Australian and New Zealand Classification of Occupations predicts that there will be a 24% growth in data science employment in the next five years, and 26% for those working in networking. What’s more, by 2030, Australia will need 161,000 more experts in artificial intelligence. Whichever of these slots Charles Sturt’s graduates fill, they arrive prepared.
Master of Professional Information Technology course director, Dr. Sabih Rehman, confirms this, stating: “Charles Sturt University is one of the largest providers of postgraduate IT education in Australia. You’ll learn from academics who bring extensive industry experience to the classroom, and who are committed to making your learning industry-relevant and aligned with today’s –– and tomorrow’s –– IT trends.”
Industry relevance is emphasised in the brand new Master of Professional Accounting (Professional Practice) qualification. This programme was innovated to provide international students keen on climbing the corporate ladder with a complete range of accounting skills, a uniquely global perspective and the ability to put knowledge into practice.
What makes it stand out is the holistic approach it leverages. While technical theory and knowledge is important, it also teaches about the law and ethics around accounting, how data analytics can benefit accounting practice, various technologies being used today, and the best practices that are being used around the world.
Students on this path will be able to apply knowledge as they go as well. Every subject and assignment offered is laced with real-world industry examples. Soft skills never take a backseat either with skills in negotiation, communication, as well as managing change, cooperation and many more. Students will also undertake a professional placement, where strategic connections will be made and more practical skills will be gained.
Career opportunities galore for those who choose to immerse themselves in this route. “Complete your master’s in accounting, and you can explore many different career possibilities,” confirms acting course director Miranda Dyason.
“Provide auditing, advisory, taxation, insolvency and recovery services to clients. Put your budget planning, management accounting, internal auditing, strategic planning and policy formation skills to work in a business, not-for-profit or government department –– of any size.”
The best part? International students who choose either programme (or most other on-campus Charles Sturt degree programme) may be provided with a 20% tuition fee scholarship. To qualify, they need to apply to one of the university’s five New South Wales campuses in some of Australia’s fastest-growing regional cities: Albury-Wodonga, Bathurst, Orange, Port Macquarie, and Wagga Wagga.
Each location provides learners with a safe, friendly and genuine Australian cultural and social experience. Little wonder why students often opt to remain in Australia once they graduate. With extended post-study work rights in place, there’s no reason why they shouldn’t.
“Port Macquarie is a beautiful place to live and the people here are very helpful and friendly. Here we can go anywhere in a short time compared to the busy cities, so it saves a lot of time,” says Neha Gautambhai Patel, a Master of Professional Accounting student. “Furthermore, at the university, teaching quality is excellent. So Charles Sturt offers a great place to live and study.”
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