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Monday, 13 August 2018 10:22

La Trobe introduces Australia's first Bachelor of Applied Cloud Technology


With cloud the ‘new normal’ La Trobe University will offer Australia’s first Bachelor’s degree in Applied Cloud Technology, developed by AWS and Didasko.

AWS is the world’s largest provider of cloud computing services and worked with online learning provider Didasko to address cloud skill gaps.

The course will be delivered completely online and students can enrol through La Trobe University to attain an accredited three-year Bachelor’s Degree. Students will also earn an Applied Diploma after year one and an Associate Degree after year two. The course accommodates part-time learners as well as full-time.

The course uses materials adapted from AWS global programs, including resources from AWS Certified Cloud Practitioner and AWS Associate Solutions Architect certifications. It also includes material on current hot topics like machine learning, big data analytics and cybersecurity.

The first intake has commenced this month, and subsequent intakes will continue monthly.

“When we speak with our customers across public sector, start-ups, small-to-medium business and large enterprises, there is one common theme – they are all looking for talent skilled in applying AWS services to help them remediate technical debt and drive innovation,” said Peter Moore, regional managing director for Asia Pacific and Japan, Worldwide Public Sector, Amazon Web Services.

“Through the launch of their Applied Cloud Technology Bachelor’s Degree, in collaboration with an established online learning provider like Didasko, La Trobe University is helping to cultivate the AWS Cloud skills that employers are seeking – in Australia and beyond.”

Professor John Dewar, vice-chancellor and president of La Trobe University, said, “We are excited to bring this innovative degree offering to students within Australia and internationally, working closely with AWS to meet a critical workforce need. La Trobe is highly focused on delivering course opportunities that are closely connected to future careers in a rapidly transforming workforce.”

Andrew Horton, group managing director, Didasko, said,  “We evaluated all major cloud providers, and chose to work with AWS on the basis that they are at the forefront of cloud-based innovation and are deeply committed to addressing the profound skill shortage facing the sector.”

Information on the course is available from La Trobe’s undergraduate handbook.

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David M Williams

David has been computing since 1984 where he instantly gravitated to the family Commodore 64. He completed a Bachelor of Computer Science degree from 1990 to 1992, commencing full-time employment as a systems analyst at the end of that year. David subsequently worked as a UNIX Systems Manager, Asia-Pacific technical specialist for an international software company, Business Analyst, IT Manager, and other roles. David has been the Chief Information Officer for national public companies since 2007, delivering IT knowledge and business acumen, seeking to transform the industries within which he works. David is also involved in the user group community, the Australian Computer Society technical advisory boards, and education.

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