Monday, April 06, 2009

Computing Careers and Irish Higher Education: A Labour Market Anomaly

Simon Stephens
Letterkenny Institute of Technology

David O'Donnell
Intellectual Capital Research Institute of Ireland

Paul McCusker
Letterkenny Institute of Technology

Industry & Higher Education, Vol. 21, No. 2, 2007

This paper explores the impact of developments in the Irish economy and labour market on computing course development in the Irish Higher Education (HE) sector. Extant computing courses change, or new courses are introduced, in attempts to match labour market demands. The conclusion reached here, however, is that Irish HE is producing insufficient numbers of computing graduates notwithstanding the anomalous fact that the capacity to produce them is available in the Irish HE sector. Manpower planning is inefficient and IT skill shortages remain not as a result of poor industry/HE relations but because of a lack of understanding of Irish student perceptions, preferences and expectations. Pressures for radical institutional change are probably unlikely to emerge as skill gaps are being filled by immigrants with the requisite skills.

Keywords: computing, Irish higher education, manpower planning, skills shortages, student perceptions

Article here.

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