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Westpac, Murdoch Uni partner to support student tech studies

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Westpac, Murdoch Uni partner to support student tech studies Murdoch University

The Westpac Bank’s Bicentennial Foundation and Murdoch University in Western Australia have announced a new partnership designed to support students and the application of technology in their tertiary studies.

Murdoch University is one of five Australian universities to partner with Westpac Bicentennial Foundation in its Westpac Young Technologists Scholarship Program – with 35 scholarships awarded annually across five universities nationally.

Under the partnership, in 2019, seven scholarship recipients at Murdoch University will receive $5000 per year over five years, as well as internship opportunities, and ongoing access to networks and people who can help them develop their leadership potential.

Murdoch University vice-chancellor Eeva Leinonen said the partnership would provide valuable opportunities for students across multiple disciplines to develop industry-relevant perspectives and capabilities that would set them up to become technology leaders and innovators of the future.

{loadpositon peter}“Aligned with our university ethos, built on a free-thinking tradition, the Westpac Young Technologists scholarships will encourage our talented students to apply their knowledge to address current problems and make a real difference to our society,” Professor Leinonen said.

According to Susan Bannigan, chief executive of Westpac Bicentennial Foundation, the scholarship is designed for the next generation of technology-capable leaders passionate about technology and developing their leadership skills to enable change.

“The Westpac Young Technologists Scholarship is about creating opportunities for creative, future-focused young Australians from all backgrounds. We want to attract people who are curious and excited about the power of technology and how this can help shape a brighter future for all Australians.”

Bannigan said Murdoch University’s priorities aligned well with those of Westpac Young Technologists Scholarship.

“The University has a strong focus on technology, diversity and social innovation,” she said.

The Westpac Young Technologists Scholarship is one of five programs offered by Westpac Bicentennial Foundation.

Murdoch University Alumni and social entrepreneur Karen Wellington was recognised by the Westpac Bicentennial Foundation in 2016 for her work with CoderDojo, an organisation that provides free programming clubs for children. Her influence has seen the program grow from three to 132 clubs across Western Australia.

“Westpac Bicentennial Foundation scholarships open doors and connect you to people that have potential to change the course of your life. It’s less about the financial support and much more about the networks and opportunities,” Wellington said.

All Westpac Bicentennial Foundation scholarship recipients gain lifelong membership to the Westpac 100 Scholars Network.

Westpac says the scholars network is growing by 100 every year, and is designed to create opportunities for “like-minded individuals to connect and collaborate to solve some of Australia’s biggest problems”.

Applications for 2019 Westpac Young Technologists Scholarships at Murdoch University will open in October.

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