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Partnership boosts Graduate School students to the cloud

5th November 2017

Amazon Web Services (AWS) partnership boosts Wellington ICT Graduate School students to the cloud

Masters of Software Development students at Wellington’s ICT Graduate School will receive a welcome cloud-based boost from technology giant, Amazon Web Services.

Amazon Web Services (AWS), a subsidiary of, provides on-demand cloud computing platforms to people, companies and governments. Consegna – one of AWS’s cloud delivery partners – provides organisations with consultation and advice on infrastructure and datacentre optimisation to the AWS Cloud.

Together they will partner with Wellington ICT Graduate School (WICTGS) to help software development students deliver proof-of-concept and R&D projects for Wellington’s thriving ICT industry.

“Partnering with AWS allows our students to work to their full potential using a suite of tools that make what they can create virtually limitless,” said the Wellington ICT Graduate School Acting Director, Susan Andersen.

“One of the tools, Workspaces, gives every student in our Master of Software Development programme the ability to develop and run programs on the capacity of an overseas-based super-computer, even if they are using a $200 netbook here in Wellington.”

The partnership with AWS and Consegna is just the latest WICTGS has formalised with local ICT companies. “WICTGS works with ICT companies to promote student learning and create connections, but businesses benefit from having a resource they can use to trial or research new ideas,” Ms Andersen said.

“So far our partnerships have included work with FINTECs, e-commerce companies, consultancy practises and leading telecommunication companies. We are extremely excited about our latest partnership with world-class companies such as Amazon Web Services and Consegna.”

John Taylor, Managing Director of Consegna said the partnership was a “no brainer”.

“We didn’t want New Zealand students to be held back by the technology they have access to. It made sense to go directly to Wellington, the tech hub of the country, and work with Victoria University of Wellington and the Wellington ICT Graduate School to help their students deliver even better outcomes for local businesses.”

“More and more businesses are migrating to the cloud, leaving traditional ‘on-premise’ technology behind,” added Ms Andersen. “Allowing our students early exposure to AWS’ services means they will be more employable when they graduate as they will be familiar with this new way of working.”

The partnership will take effect end of November, meaning students undertaking the Master of Software Development programme can start using Workspaces from December.

About WICTGS and the Master of Software Development programme

The WICTGS is a government initiative with the mandate to work directly with private information, communication and technology (ICT) companies to help deliver Masters programmes delivered through Victoria University of Wellington. The programmes are aimed at recent graduates or people looking to transition into ICT.

The Master of Software Development programme runs July 2018 to June 2019 and applications are now open. See the WICTGS website for more information about programmes on offer.


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