In those years, the IT faculty or department at universities were nearly empty. Nobody wanted to study IT. The bubble had just burst. Nobody entered college to do computer science anymore. Those computer science faculties, they nearly had to change their names to something else, to attract students.
Leung laments at the depletion of IT graduates, and that FSI is undergoing a generation gap at present. To cope with this, banks such as CCB (Asia) have to tap talent from overseas, such as mainland China, India, and the Philippines.
Computer technologies see no limit even if Bill Gates stepped down as head of Microsoft. Thus it is expected that Greater China will still be the contest stage for IT talents in the next decade, and we can almost hear them shout We are ready!
Carol Ko is the Deputy Editor of MIS Asia and is chiefly responsible
for covering stories of CIOs and senior IT managers in North Asia. She
obtained her journalism training at The Chinese University of Hong
Kong. Prior to joining Fairfax Business Media, she was working as a
freelance writer covering local arts and culture.
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