12 April, 2018, 12:00 am
AS blockchain technology starts to become relevant in various sectors, there is pressure on education providers to build the capacity for the labour market.
The University of the South Pacific is coincidently at the end of a review of its program of study related to information technology and information systems, something it said it would continue in consideration of new technology.
Speaking at the opening of the regional Blockchain Technology (BCT) Tech Camp held at USP, the dean of the Faculty of Science, Technology and Environment (FSTE) Anjeela Jokhan (PhD) said the university recognised its role in emerging technology.
“We are very happy to be partners in this important event. As a university, our focus is on capacity building,” Dr Jokhan said.
“It is important that we know about where the world is heading and we need to be aware of the progress around the world and be able to predict future directions particularly in the labour market.”
Acknowledging that USP had no choice but to be responsive to the labour market, Dr Jokhan said USP needed to keep trying to address the growing needs of the economy.
“We are very mindful of global trends and we have done a number of things recently. We have recently revamped our four year professional IT program to include networking and security in it given the need for training in the area of security,” Dr. Jokhan said.
“At this point in time, the world is going through a digital revolution and as a university we have to acknowledge this.”
The USP has also just completed the revision of its information systems program to include data science and analytics.
Dr Jokhan said the advent of BCT opened a new area of technology which the university wanted to see grow.
Meanwhile, the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology, (RMIT) only announced in February the creation of Australia’s first university Blockchain course developed by its BCT Innovation lab.
Monash University is the only other Australian university with a BCT innovation lab.