Columbia Computer Science

Wednesday, June 15, 2005

Computer Science woes in Australia, too

The Wired Campus reports that "several of Australia's colleges, concerned about the nation's decreasing numbers of technology majors, are giving pink slips to computer-science professors. Monash University has laid off 22 information-technology staff members in the past year, and last week Bond University quietly axed its entire technology faculty. Officials at Bond say they hope to re-energize their technology program by folding it into the university's business department." Among the reasons given are: parents influencing students to pick more marketable disciplines, time lag between job prospects and enrollments, concerns over job security, academics [who] do not understand business concerns, more advanced [computer program] development environments, offshoring, students wanting more business content, popularity of games design. (The Australian)


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