In a modern and digitised world where most operations are conducted online, the study of Computer Science and Information Systems is important for students who want to pursue a career in the world of Information Technology or keep abreast with technological advancements.
Fiji National University (FNU) third-year student, Salote Vakavudali Cakaunivalu said this was a key factor in her decision to enrol in the Bachelor of Computing Science and Information Systems degree programme offered by the College of Engineering, Science and Technology (CEST).
Originally from Nakavika village, Wainikoroiluva in the Namosi Highlands, Cakaunivalu’s childhood was a world away from technology but she was well aware of the importance of computers and technology in today’s developing world.
After completing her primary and secondary studies at the local village school, Cakaunivalu informed her parents of her decision to enrol in the programme. Her parents were supportive and encouraged her to study hard and pursue her dreams.
“I enjoy this programme and I encourage anyone interested in this field to pursue their dreams and make it a reality,” the soft-spoken 20-year-old said.
“Although this is seen as a traditionally male-dominated field, I come into class and see only a few females busy in the labs writing programs or learning the cabling of computers and it is still very encouraging.”
“However, as classmates, we all worked together on our assignments and projects.”
“This field is already challenging enough so it doesn’t matter whether you are male or female. Everyone needs to be determined and make sacrifices in order to overcome the challenges and complete our studies successfully.”
“I love what I study and my parents have been very supportive in giving me space and time I need to concentrate on my school work.”
CEST Head of Department Computing Science and Information Systems (CSIS), Vishal Sharma added that the programme was designed to develop student’s skills and knowledge in specific areas of CSIS to meet the demands of academia, industries and the private and government sectors.
“This programme will help students demonstrate the understanding of the fundamentals of CSIS and information and communications technology (ICT),” Sharma said.
“It will enable them to solve problems intelligently while meeting the needs of ICT in Fiji, the Pacific and the world as a whole.”
“Students are trained using the most relevant and applicable technological tools and the content taught in our courses are reflective of current industry trends.”
He added students also had to complete the mandatory three month’s industrial attachment before graduating from the course.
“This provides the students with much needed exposure to the current workspace. There have been cases where students have been hired by the same organisation,” Sharma said.
Interested students can now enrol into the above, or any FNU programmes for Semester 1, 2020. Students can visit the nearest FNU Campus or visit the website to access information regarding programmes offered and its entry requirements.