UTS training future Chief Technology Officers
In a world of accelerating technology innovation, how can we prepare our next generation of technologists?
According to Jobs NSW report, Jobs for the Future, government, business, educational and community leaders must work together to reach 1 million more jobs in NSW by 2036.
The report highlights two key strategies to achieve this that focus on job creation, and educating the workforce with relevant skills to drive the economy forward. Research predicts that achieving this goal will guarantee a resilient workforce who are on the right side of automation and resistant to off-shoring.
Future tech degrees at UTS
Right now, businesses are re-aligning teams to meet these changes, introducing new roles like ethical hackers, IoT executives, head of technology integration, cloud engineer and 3D print technicians.
The University of Technology is taking a lead role in preparing students for these roles, with new programs in data engineering, software engineering and electronics engineering, computing science and interaction design. These programs act as the ideal stepping-stone to these emerging roles and meets the objectives of the Jobs of the Future strategy.
Michael Blumenstein, Associate Dean of the Faculty of Engineering and IT, explains how the unprecedented technology revolution is changing skills in demand by industry.
Our lives will change totally. We will be able to predict whether a business will succeed, what will make a better business and what will be best for a business in the future.
Prof. Michael Blumenstein
Associate Dean (Research Strategy and Management)
“One of the biggest challenges is having enough people to fill the new roles that are emerging. Our industry partners tell us they are looking for people like data scientists, software engineers, software developers, as well as artificial intelligence and cybersecurity experts,” says Blumenstein.
He highlights artificial intelligence and quantum computing as becoming hot topics because everyone, individuals and industry professionals, want to use deep intelligence to help them make more effective decisions.
According to Blumenstein, UTS and its Faculty of Engineering and IT are uniquely placed by offering extensive opportunities for students to engage with industry through internships, mentoring programs and career events where partners are seeking specific technical skills.
“We have more than 700 industry partners and students can be part of industry from the beginning of their degrees right the way through,” he adds.
UTS engineering and IT programs give students the opportunity to take core subjects in first year to build foundational knowledge in engineering or IT, with options to choose majors, sub-majors or electives to build a niche skillset. Students can also add a Diploma in Innovation or Diploma in Languages to complement their competitive edge.
This all takes place at a city campus that’s recently enjoyed a $1 billion dollar facelift. The facilities allow UTS to offer one of the most dynamic, interconnected and student-centric spaces in the world including the latest cutting-edge technology in robotics, computer and human-centred design labs, and a 3D data visualisation facility.
The environment facilitates a new way of learning and teaching, with lots of spaces where teamwork and interaction can take place. It’s the ideal environment for emerging leaders in technology to learn and build professional networks throughout their degrees.