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IBM partners with Monash University to prepare future leaders of Australia


Melbourne, Australia - 27 Aug 2009: At a launch ceremony hosted by Jacinta Allan, Minister for Skills and Workforce Participation and Regional and Rural Development, IBM announced it is partnering with Monash University to create the ‘IBM Future Leaders Scholarship Program’. Worth $1.2 million AUD, this sponsorship will fund 12 four year scholarships for a Bachelor of Business degree and includes majors in business and information technology. IBM will work alongside Monash University to design this unique degree course as well as to offer extended industry based learning opportunities in year two, with a view to developing the future business leaders of Australia.

IBM has a long history of collaborating with the university sector to develop graduates with the right skills to work in today’s services oriented economy. This course will require students to undertake two majors, in both business and IT, while also undertaking activities to develop skills in internal innovation including leadership camps, public speaking and mentoring.

Peter Campbell, General Manager for Global Technology Services, IBM Australia said, “At IBM we recognise the importance of providing people with the right skills to be effective leaders. This course is designed to prepare university undergraduates for ‘real-world’ conditions. Crucial to this will be a 22-week industry placement at either IBM or one of its industry partners. This course is also focused on developing skills for the services industry, and we are excited about the calibre of graduates the program will produce for Australia’s services sector.”

Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research), Professor Edwina Cornish at Monash University said, “We have partnered with IBM to develop a course which gives our scholarship students a unique educational experience. Our aim is to develop graduates who can enter the workforce immediately, with the skills to make an impact from day one. The development of this program would not be possible without the sponsorship and the industry input from IBM. It’s a great example of progressive collaboration between the education sector and industry.”

The enrolment process for the first 12 students is already well advanced. More than 80 students applied for the scholarships, and following interviews with a panel from IBM, the final 12 successful students are currently being notified by Monash University.

IBM’s partnership with Monash University expands on its long history of working with universities and government in Australia, to foster local talent and create skills which support Australia’s industry and economy. This includes a decade-long association with Ballarat University which continues to provide employment and economic benefits in Victoria, as well as providing Ballarat graduates with industry-ready skills and employment prospects at IBM.

IBM Australia
For more information on IBM Australia, visit www.ibm.com/au. For information on how IBM partners with universities around the world, visit ibm.com/press/university.

For information on Monash University please visit www.monash.edu

Contact(s) information

Karen Wells
Text 100
02 9956 5733
karen.wells@text100.com.au

Sally Toepfer
IBM Australia
+612 9397 8812
sallyt@au1.ibm.com

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