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Enrollment Down in Canada's ICT Programs

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Across Canada, enrollment in information and communication technology (ICT) degree programs is down. A 2008 study prepared for the Information and Communications Technology Council, found Canadian undergraduate university enrollments have dropped 30 percent since 2002.

According to the Maritime Provinces Higher Education Commission, the situation in New Brunswick is similar, with a decline of over 30 percent in computer science undergraduate enrollments.

While computer science enrollment at the University of New Brunswick is up slightly this year, it is still running at barely 50 percent of peak. And this in a sector where the Conference Board of Canada says unemployment runs around two percent, has 89,000 positions to fill in 2010, and where the median salary for a computer science grad with less than a year's experience is more than $40,000.

From New Brunswick Business Journal
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