Short courses boost degrees and polish CVs
NZ herald Wednesday Feb 11, 2009
Students looking to recession-proof their degrees are increasingly looking at taking on short courses which don't add any credits but do make them more employable.
At Auckland University's business school, that includes Microsoft and Cisco certification, and for the first time last year, certification in SAP, one of the major enterprise management software systems. Tutor David Sundaram says the school will try and run it again this year.
Don Sheridan, the head of the information systems and operations management department, says: "There has been significant interest from students in taking the related commercial courses we offer to enhance their CV."
The 12-day course, Integrated Business Processes in SAP ERP based on SAP best practices (BPERP), costs $2000.
SAP and other commercial programmes are also used in the school's enterprise systems courses, giving students hands-on experience of the technology they will encounter in the workplace. Sheridan says it is increasingly focusing on industry solutions, setting up a centre for supply chain management to make students aware of the practical aspects of what they are learning.More...