Background

Information Systems have become an indisputable part of our world and play a vital role in modern organisations. In this fast-moving world we have a dire need to understand and cope with the explosion of information and the turbulence of the world in which we find ourselves. Informatics is the name given to the academic discipline concerned with looking at the design of computer-driven systems and their integration with organisational and social systems. Programmes in informatics at Stellenbosch University are unique in the South African context as they combine hard, technical subjects with either subjects from the social sciences, management sciences or geo-informatics. This balanced approach incorporates elements including modelling, database design, programming and a wide variety of other options for students with differing interests. By considering informatics in a holistic fashion, these courses enable students to understand the real-world implications of the subject matter, rather than simply indulging in an academic study.

Careers in Informatics

In decades gone by, job descriptions were few and easy. Most jobs were well defined, consisted of repetition and had little variety. Today we are faced with a very different reality. Studies show that 80% of the jobs people will do in five years time, do not even exist yet! Informatics courses are not designed to train you for only one specific job (in all likelihood you will have several jobs during your lifetime!) They do, however, introduce you to the realities of work in the Knowledge Economy. Our graduates go on to pursue a wide variety of career opportunities including (but not limited to):

  • IT Business Analyst
  • IT Consultant
  • Information Technology Manager
  • User Experience Designer
  • Software Developer
  • Database Administrator
  • Enterprise Architect
  • Systems Analyst
  • Academic Researcher

Programmes

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Academic Software Partnerships

Use of software development tools is made available to Stellenbosch University by the Academic Training Partner Program from Visual Paradigm for educational use.