As the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) celebrated 50 years of computing innovations last week, digital device users around the world reflected on just how far we have come in the past half-century. Since their first generation, built around vacuum tubes in the late 1940s, computers have exponentially shrunk in size and gained in power thanks to the advances of computer science. This observation, known as Moore’s law, describes the rapid technological changes that allowed chip performance to double every one to two years since 1965.

Pic: A first generation computer

With the development of integrated circuits in the 1960s, hundreds of components were able to be placed on a single chip, once again making computers more powerful, cheaper, and accessible to a much larger audience. This was also the beginning of multitasking – for the first time more than one program could share a computer’s resources.

Fast-forward to 2014 and children are taught computer programming from the age of five as part of the national curriculum in the UK. As they progress they learn how to create and debug programs to accomplish specific goals, understand computer networks and algorithms, as well as get to know the different hardware and software components that make up computer systems.

Today, universities around the world offer bachelor’s and master’s programs in the computing sectors, including IT Management, Software Engineering, and Information Security. Computing is now widely recognised as a successful employment sector with work opportunities present in all organisations and at many levels. Aspiring system analysts, consultants, software developers, programmers, data analysts and IT managers will all benefit from a high standard qualification and the hands-on training that enables them to put their knowledge into practice.

Pic: Computer student at Lipscomb University

The Lipscomb School of Computing and Informatics (SCI) at Lipscomb University, Nashville, is renowned for courses that teach students through practical experience. Lipscomb University was founded in 1981 and today is a consistently top-ranked university that welcomes more than 4,500 students. The University offers eight bachelor’s degrees in 78 majors or 145 areas of undergraduate study – as well as Master’s programs. Research projects and internships with local companies are part of the program and all students gain much valued hands-on experience before they graduate.

The need for talent across all sectors and industries allows Computing and IT graduates to choose which field they want to work in. The Lipscomb School of Computing and Informatics offers varied courses and prepares students for entrepreneurial, technical and executive leadership positions within industry. Programs can be completed in as little as one year.

M.S. in IT Management (MITM)
The MITM program was designed to equip students with the skills to create, plan, organize, lead, and control organizational IT.

M.S. in Informatics and Analytics (MSIA)
The MSIA program focuses on the most advanced practices, including guiding those working with extensive amounts of data to find innovative and new types of emerging information and content.

Pic: Lipscomb University

M.S. in Software Engineering (MSSE)
The MSSE program focuses on the most advanced practices, including the critical human factor in software development, testing, and validation for producing high quality, sophisticated and dependable software products.

M.S. in Information Security (InfoSec)
The ISEC program was specifically designed to provide students with the knowledge and skills necessary to oversee and secure organizations’ data and information.

Students at Lipscomb are encouraged to hone their talents and use them to benefit others through volunteering and working in the community. In the past, some have chosen to research problems like disease and world hunger, while others have donated their time and expertise to mentor and teach the younger generation.

At the SCI, students learn from professionals, industry experts and interact with working professionals constantly – which is a great way to network and learn through practice. Lipscomb University has many industry partnerships across middle Tennessee that allow students the opportunity to enter the career of their choice.

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