24 September 2008

The University of Queensland is set to introduce a fast-track study plan for high achieving students interested in a career in Information Technology.

Students who have outstanding academic performances in year 12 leading to an OP of 1 or 2 (or equivalent) and who apply via QTAC to study the UQ Bachelor of Information Technology will be able to complete the Bachelor degree requirements in two years instead of the normal three, or an Honours degree in three years instead of the normal four.

"The fast-track BInfTech scheme will allow students to complete their university studies and begin their IT career sooner," said Professor Paul Bailes, Head of UQ’s School of Information Technology and Electrical Engineering.

"Candidates on the fast-track will be given the challenges that their school results show they are looking for.

"They’ll work hard, but the future rewards will be great."

Students will have access to distinctive coursework and research opportunities in their first year, a summer semester project and priority access to an industry placement for their final year project.

"The IT industry is one of the world’s most dynamic and exciting. There is high demand for qualified graduates and this trend is set to continue on into the future," Professor Bailes said.

"The fast-track BInfTech will allow students to graduate from UQ earlier and take advantage of this opportunity."

In order to apply for the UQ fast-track BInfTech degree, eligible students should simply list the UQ Bachelor of Information Technology as a preference when applying for a university place via QTAC (QTAC Code: 733001).

Once a QTAC offer is made, UQ will then contact qualified students confirming their eligibility for the fast-track IT scheme in 2009.

To discover more online, visit www.studyict.uq.edu.au/fast-track

For more information, UQ admissions on (07) 3365 2203 or admissionsenquiries@admin.uq.edu.au.

Media: For more information, contact Steve Forster, ITEE Marketing & Communications Manager (telephone 3365 2392, email: forster@itee.uq.edu.au).