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Update from ITPNZ

Paul Matthews. 08 February 2019, 3:12 pm
Update from ITPNZ

Here's a quick weekly update from ITP CEO Paul Matthews.

in this week's update from ITP, CEO Paul Matthews covers off the return of the "How to be an Effective CIO" course, accreditation of the Whitireia and Weltec Bachelor of IT degrees (the first joint panel visit between ITP and NZQA), and losing $276M bitcoin through improper password management. oops...

"How to be an Effective CIO" course coming again in 2019

Last year we ran a 12-week "How to be an Effective CIO" course for aspiring CIOs, mostly delivered live online 2 nights a fortnight and with face-to-face delivery at the start and end. The course is designed for aspiring or new CIOs, to help move mindset from operational to strategic IT.

The course was sold out and the feedback from the first cohort of 18 professionals was massively positive. Most agreed this was something simply not available elsewhere, and the mindset and skills the course delivered made a real difference.

Given the success first time around, ITP will shortly be opening registrations for the next cohort, beginning in April. If you or your colleagues are looking to make the move to CIO (or other areas of strategic IT), or recently stepped up, this is absolutely the course for you.

Details of last year's course are here. Look out for the announcement of 2019 registrations shortly.


Whitireia and Weltec Degrees Accredited by ITP

A new Bachelor of Information Technology, taught by both Whitireia and Weltec from this year, has been successfully accredited by ITP on behalf of the tech industry.

ITP degree accreditation, linked to the international Seoul Accord, involves a detailed look at degree-level offerings and assessment of whether they meet quality requirements and industry needs - both in New Zealand and globally via the Accord. It involves a multi-day campus visit from a panel of education and industry experts plus detailed analysis against a set of broad requirements. 

This was also the first degree accredited by a joint panel with NZQA, meaning a single panel visit for the two institutions. The joint panel was made up of ITP and NZQA representatives, looking to ensure that both the NZQA Course Approval requirements and the ITP Industry Accreditation requirements are met.

Chief Visit Manager Murray Wills confirmed that the joint panel approach worked perfectly, reducing the administrative and cost overhead for institutions wanting formal NZQA approval and industry endorsement at the same time while still maintaining high standards across both assessments. The model is likely to be used for other Institutes of Technology, Polytechnics and private providers in future.

The Whitireia and Weltec BIT joins degrees accredited at AUT University, EIT, MIT, Massey University, NMIT, Victoria University of Wellington and Wintec, with a number of other providers currently working through the Accreditation process. More accreditation announcements are expected in the next few months.


New Technology: How to 'lose' Bitcoin worth $276M

On my regular RNZ radio slot on Thursday I discussed cryptocurrency with RNZ's Kathryn Ryan, and how a major Exchange appears to have lost the equivalent of $276M after the founder - the only person with the password to a highly secure dry wallet - died. 

Things aren't great at home either, with over $20 million of cryptocurrency reportedly stolen from Christchurch-based crypto exchange Cryptopia.

I also spoke about WTO looking to negotiate new rules on global e-commerce (find out more here) and implications for New Zealand, as well as Apple's Group Facetime breach - defeated by a 14yo boy - and the rethink after it took over a week for them to respond to reports of the problem. 

You can listen to a podcast of the RNZ New Tech segment here.


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