computer science


Welcome to Computer Science

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 There has never been a better time to become qualified in Computer Science - both the number of jobs available and the salary levels for graduates are projected to rise - see our employment resources page.

Our focus is on great teaching informed by great research, using state of the art facilities in the Owheo building.

Our graduates find that a multitude of professions are open to them - in the legal, financial and business fields through to games development, software engineering and computer graphics.

Computer Science: what is it? See an introduction to Computer Science with Associate Professor Brendan McCane.

Open the door to your future - explore this site to learn more!

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Dr Willem Labuschagne has retired

Dr Willem Labuschagne has retired from the Department after 18 years.

In addition to his teaching role, Willem was our Postgrad Coordinator and also the university's DipGrad Course Director.

In honour of his Logic papers, Willem was given a specially made light fan - a fan and a light each with their own switch, set on wood and under glass, inspired by Willem's phrase "consider the Light-Fan System" in his paper 'Entailment, Duality, and the Forms of Reasoning'.

The highlight of the farewell was the other gift to Willem, a silver sword with its scabbard. The blade of the sword was engraved with on each side with a Willemism - 'Swift Sword of Sagacious Sorting' and 'Bloodthirsty Blade of Baneful Banishment'.

Computer Science Students UN Sustainable Development Goals Success

Congratulations to Mika Smith, Kiri Lenagh-Glue and Holly Hanson!

In March 2017, the International Office held the World's Challenge Challenge national competition in which students were invited to present an innovative idea to help support one of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals.

Three of our third year Computer Science students, Mika Smith, Kiri Lenagh-Glue and Holly Hanson, entered the competition with their unique proposed organisation TechOutreachers.

TechOutreachers is an innovative social enterprise seeking to close the education gap in digital literacy globally. The organisation's mission statements are to train and place digital technology teachers in developing countries, as well as recycle and repurpose used tech hardware to redistribute to these countries.

Amongst the top 5 teams at Otago, Mika, Kiri and Holly presented their vision on the night of the 23rd of March in front of the judging panel, and came first place at the competition. They have been awarded a fully funded trip to travel to Western University in Ontario, Canada, to represent the University of Otago and participate in the global World's Challenge Challenge against other competing universities at the end of May.

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