Delivering in-demand skills: new IT graduate certificates with government-funded places

The Federal Government has recently announced $3.3million in Commonwealth supported places (CSPs). This will open 300 study places in the Faculty of Information Technology for postgraduate domestic students eager to enhance their IT skills.

Recognising the importance of boosting Australia’s STEM capabilities, the Faculty of Information Technology (IT) at Monash University will offer these places across graduate certificates in Artificial Intelligence, Computer Science, Cybersecurity, Data Science, Business Information Systems and Information Technology – all global and national priority areas.

COVID-19 has accelerated digital transformation around the world – driving a surge in the need for IT skills. In fact, AI and machine learning skills are in high demand, experiencing a compound annual growth rate of 71% through to 2025.

Designed by world-class technology pioneers, Monash IT’s graduate certificates are offered as blended learning. Students will engage in hands-on activities and learn new technical skills to ensure they’re job-ready in our post-pandemic society.

Dr Matthew Butler, Deputy Dean (Education) in the Faculty of IT, said these additional places will make it easier for students and professionals to engage in further study and advance critical skills.

“The recent announcement by the Federal Government will help Australians build their IT expertise and obtain a highly regarded qualification from a leading institution.

“These graduate certificates are designed to produce graduates who are workforce ready, with capabilities that are future-proof and essential across a number of industries and sectors,” said Dr Butler.

Mai Lam, Graduate Certificate of IT alumna and Reporting and Insights Analyst at ANZ, explains the benefits she experienced as part of her course.

“During my time as a Marketing Manager, I supported campaigns for VMware, Oracle, Honeywell and AWS. My interest in technology grew – so I chose to complete a graduate certificate in IT.

“Without my certificate, I wouldn’t be where I am today. Throughout the course, I was able to further develop my understanding of SQL, R and Excel, which I use heavily in my role now,” said Mai Lam.

Monash is ranked in the top 100 for Computer Science and Information Systems and has been named Australia's most innovative university three years in a row. The institution is also known for leading a range of innovative IT projects that are dedicated to social good.

This investment by the Federal Government will give students greater access to Monash’s practical education, leading research and global industry connections to accelerate their careers. The university also offers a wide range of support resources to ensure its learners graduate work-ready.

The Faculty of IT is eager to welcome both current and future students back to campus in 2021.