There’s a new trend among prospective African students seeking higher education studies abroad. African students are now more than ever choosing computer science or Internet/Information technology related programs as preferred study courses.
Our charts here on Findadmission.com points to this fact and we are asking ourselves why? Out of the hundreds of Applications we get from prospective students weekly, more than half of these students opt for a computer science/information technology related programs for either bachelors or as postgraduate degree courses.
This is evident in Ghana, Nigeria, Ivory Coast and Cameron where we have our student reach.
But why the surge in Computer related courses?
Across North America, universities and colleges are facing a significant increase in enrollment, both undergraduate computer science (CS) courses and programs. The current enrollment surge has exceeded previous Computer Science booms, and there is a general sense that the current growth in enrollment is substantially different than that of the mid-1980s and late 1990s. For example, since the late 1990s, the U.S. Bureau of Labor data shows that the number of jobs where computing skills are needed is on an upward slope, illustrating the increased reliance our society has on computing. We also know how pervasive data has become in the science and engineering fields, which means all scientists and engineers, need more computational skills than ever before. It is, therefore, not surprising that the number of non-majors taking computer science classes is increasing, and that 78% of computer science units1 stated the number of minors in their unit is increasing (Computing Research Association).
It is important for students to understand this statistics so that they can be informed, evaluate the credibility and usefulness of information, and make appropriate decisions.
The purpose of Findadmission statistics is to allow sets of data to be compared, so that students can look for meaningful trends and changes. Students review the data so that they can reach conclusions regarding its meaning.
Countries around the world are still experiencing a recession but the job market for Computer Science and IT jobs is constantly growing! There is a constant stream of job offers for Computer Science and IT positions and these jobs offer excellent and competitive pay for starting salaries and what you study will be applied all over the world. Students study the design, development and analysis of software and hardware used to solve problems in a variety of business, scientific and social contexts as well. (mastersportal.com)
Computer Science is becoming a way of life and hence most students running towards the field of study.
A new report from the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine urges U.S. colleges and universities to respond with urgency to the current surge in undergraduate enrollments in computer science courses and degree programs, which is straining resources at many institutions. The report examines the benefits and drawbacks of a range of strategies that institutions could pursue in response – such as adding faculty and resources, imposing targeted controls on enrollment, or using innovative technologies to deliver instruction to large numbers of students, among many other options. Must African institutions do same, or we need a better approach to be able to be at par with this new surge.