Apple Computer is offering nine honours students at the University of New South Wales the opportunity to share in $20,000 worth of scholarships for students studying information technology.
Distributed over the fields of Arts, Social Sciences, Medicine and Fine Arts, Apple is hoping to address the IT industry's shortage of skills in specialist areas and provide Australia with a pool of "knowledge workers", according to Apple's managing director Diane Ryall.
Novell is similarly following the trend of corporate sponsorship for IT students with the localisation of its Novell Education Academic Partner (NEAP) program. This involves academic institutions offering courses that equip students as Certified Novell Engineers or Certified Novell Administrators. Cliff Smith, Novell's managing director, asserts that "being qualified as a CNE or CNA gives students an opening to employment the moment they finish their studies".
The University of Ballarat and the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology (RMIT) have both taken up the Novell option and believe that its localisation will only enhance the service further. "The localisation of the course material will reduce our administration and handling overhead, and reduce our student fee costs to less than half," claims Dr Ramakrishna, lecturer, Computer Science, RMIT.