Spur on IT whiz-kids and reclaim the clever country. Alan Noble, Engineering Director of Google Australia and NZ, outlines issues facing the IT sector in Australia, stating that there is a need to encourage IT careers and retain Australia’s brightest IT professionals.

Earlier this month it was revealed that the Australian annual IT deficit had reached $21 billion, with hardware and software imports of $26 billion. Enrolments in IT courses at universities have declined.

Those IT students who do graduate are highly skilled and coveted. But many are relocating overseas to pursue lucrative careers and opportunities.

The Australian, 4 May 2007. [edna education news]

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