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Credit: Bilborough College

The dot-com bust of the early 2000s had a devastating effect on the number of students enrolling in college ICT degree programs. It has taken almost a decade to recover, and a gender imbalance remains, but universities now report that student numbers are steadily increasing.

A sample of the type of courses available to today's students includes the University of Waikato's 10 specializations, all of which involve a significant software programming component. Auckland University of Technology lists its most popular ICT related courses as Java programming; web development; .NET; logical and physical database and networking. And the University of Canterbury prepares graduates to follow a number of career paths.

"My sense is that employers don't tend to look for graduates who have done particular courses, as much as strong graduates," says an associate professor at the University of Otago. "We . . . adjust our courses over time to ensure that they remain relevant in a changing IT world."

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