Norwegian business and industry are facing a very demanding future, in which IT competence will be crucial. A bachelor’s programme provides you with a good foundation, but one of the industry’s major challenges, is the lack of in-depth technological expertise.
If you want to understand and master the strategic consequences, you should invest your time and effort into taking a master’s programme. With a master’s degree, you will be an attractive candidate for Norwegian and international companies, and you can also expect a higher starting salary, as well as good pay development. So, continuing your studies while you are already at it, is good advice.
In the Confederation of Norwegian Enterprise’s annual “competence barometer” survey, approx. 5000 member companies state which competence they think will be most important in the years ahead. The survey shows a large and increasing need for technologists.
“It appears to be a well-kept secret that both the private and public sectors in Norway are literally screaming for competent IT professionals with skills beyond ‘just’ technology,” says Knut H. Rolland, a researcher and associate professor at the Faculty of IT and Technology at Westerdals Oslo School of Arts, Communication and Technology.
Versatile technologists need not worry much about changing global cycles, such as the green shift in business and industry, or automation. These transitions cannot be carried out without people who have competence about how to link IT, innovation, and management. The IT industry trend of outsourcing also mostly affects traditional, simpler development tasks.
“Our master’s degrees are the closest you can get to a guarantee of finding work,” says Rolland.
Westerdals Oslo ACT has solid IT experience. Over several decades, the former NITH, now part of Westerdals Oslo ACT university college, has educated students who go on to positions with groundbreaking Norwegian IT companies as Bekk, Accenture, Sopria Steria, and Making Waves.
“We want our students to become strong practitioners. Our teaching model therefore lets the student alternate between studying theory and methods, and applying this knowledge on actual cases and practical group assignments,” says Rolland.
To complete your master’s degree in Information Systems, you choose between two paths; Digital Business Systems, and Management & Innovation. If you are interested in the strategic aspects of technology use, the latter is a good choice.
“A main issue in both the private and public sectors, is that management have limited understanding of technology, while technologists have limited understanding of management and innovation. In our programme, you learn both. We offer a unique mix of knowledge and skills related to technology, management, and organisation,” explains Rolland, the programme mananger for Management & Innovation.
“If you want to work with the business solutions of the future, Digital Business Systems is the programme for you. We combine business sense with technology, with the intent to discover how technology creates business value,” says programme manager Asle Fagerstrøm.
The alternative master trajectory is a Master of Applied Computer Science. This programme leans more heavily on the side of technology, and will make you a competent IT manager.
Westerdals Oslo ACT enjoys especially close relations with the most prominent Norwegian technology companies. These companies cooperate closely with the university college; giving lectures, tutoring students, and maintaining an ongoing dialog with the academic community, ensuring that our eduation always remains relevant.
Every master’s programme starts work on the master’s thesis with a practice period, during which you define the topic of your thesis in collaboration with a company. This is a unique opportunity to link research with business demand.
Westerdals Oslo ACT’s interdisciplinary environment lets students test their abilities in assignments closely resembling those they would encounter at an actual workplace.
Some of the master’s students have just completed their bachelor’s degree, while others are consultants with several years of industry experience. Students come from nearly every corner of the world, and our master’s programmes are taught in English, which helps you qualify for international positions.
Students tend to spend a lot of time on campus outside of lectures too, providing good opportunities to socialise, as well as increased learning. A record high percentage of the students complete the programme, confirming not only that we have motivated students, but that we also provide good facilitation.