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Educators and Researchers

As well as industry, ITP is an organisation focused very heavily on education and research. ITP membership is ideal for educators and researchers in the tertiary sector.

ITP helps those who work in tech - including educators and researchers - to get ahead by recognising professional practice, organising hundreds of events and short courses every year, supporting education, and providing a voice to Government and others.

ITP does two things:

  • develops professionals and the professional community, and
  • works on behalf of the community as both the voice to Government and via a broad range of other initiatives.

So as well as gaining access to a heap of direct benefits designed to move your career forwards, as an ITP member you're part of a community making a real difference to New Zealand.

6 Quick Reasons you should join ITP

Here are 6 reasons you should consider joining ITP as an educator or researcher:

1. Being part of the professional community

As an educator or researcher, engaging with industry is essential. ITP is the professional community for practitioners, researchers and educators in the tech sector and provides the ideal vehicle for collaboration.

2. All the benefits of ITP membership

Educators and Researchers enjoy all the benefits of ITP membership, including being part of the tech professional community, professional recognition, events and courses, certification, mentoring and much more.

3. Participation in the ITP Education and Research Group

The ITP Education and Research Group is currently forming, with forums for Computer Science, Information Systems (via PHIS-NZ), Institutes of Technology and Polytechs (via CITRENZ) and PTE educators and researchers and a cross-industry/academic board looking at education-related advocacy activities.

Through the Education and Research Group, industry, educators and researchers will work together for the good of tech-related education and research in New Zealand.

4. ITP works hard on education and research issues

ITP is at the forefront of computing and IT education and research advocacy in New Zealand, for example, recently speaking out strongly about a perceived structural bias in Marsden Fund research, and fighting hard for reform in schools.

Alongside NZQA, IITP is also the independent co-developer of all sub-degree computing qualifications on the NZ Qualifications Framework, undertakes independent internationally-aligned accreditation of computing degrees at bachelor level, and led the charge on the creation of Digital Technologies Achievement Standards in schools. More here.

5. Support for your students

ITP organises student events and activities for student members, including helping establish student activities and plugging students into industry.

6. Publishing and Conference opportunities

ITP runs the hugely popular ITx conference, New Zealand's conference of technology and the largest independent general tech conference in New Zealand. ITx is a collaboration of around a dozen tech conferences across both industry and academia and provides the ideal opportunity for both presenting, and engaging with industry.

With the recent merger of CITRENZ into the Education and Research Group of ITP, further opportunities are available to present at the annual CITRENZ conference, or publication via the Journal of Computing and IT. ITP occasionally produces editions of the New Zealand Journal of Computing.

IT Professionals New Zealand is at the forefront of education and research advocacy in New Zealand. Come and join the professional tech community.


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