Integrating Industry Specific Training into Mainstream University Computer Science Curriculum: Case of SMU

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Thu, 7 Jun 2018
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11:15am to 12:45pm
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Oakwood A
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This paper outlines the importance of integrating the industry-specific training (IST) into mainstream university Computer Science Curriculum (CSC), with special reference to the Sefako Makgatho Health Sciences University (SMU), South Africa. This integration involves mixing what is available in the CSC and useful aspects from industry. Such a practice of IST content could significantly improve the quality of the Computer Science (CS) graduate. It also instils some industrial expertise in academics and students. The direct contact of industry experts with students can be a selling point when the industry considers recruitment of employees because it incorporates early mentorship of students into the world of work. Some benefits of the proposed approach are value addition, cost saving, empowerment and bridging the gap between theoretical knowledge and industrial practices.

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