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La Trobe Uni offering ‘Australia first’ course on Internet of Things Featured

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La Trobe University says it will be the first Australian university to offer a course specialising in the tech industry’s fastest growing sector – the Internet of Things.

The two-year Master of Internet of Things will be offered at La Trobe’s Bendigo campus from 2020.

Head of the Technology Innovation Lab, Dr Simon Egerton, said the course was developed to meet a skills gap that is fast becoming a global issue.

“The Internet of Things is in demand by all types of industry at the moment – it is undergoing exponential growth on a global scale,” Dr Egerton said.

“Organisations are realising the enormous potential of the Internet of Things to make them more productive and efficient by giving them what they most need – information.

“However, from talking to them, we know that there is a major shortage of experts who are skilled in this space – and that’s why we have developed this course.”

Noting that experts in the Internet of Things are in high demand across a wide range of industries including mining, healthcare, logistics, manufacturing, agriculture, transport, utilities and local government, Dr Egerton said the syllabus has been co-created with future employers to ensure it produces flexible, career-ready graduates.

“The course will be highly workplace-focused, and will teach students to be creative, clever and adaptable to industry need.

“The Internet of Things is at the foothills of where the internet was back in the 1990s.

“Some of the opportunities awaiting graduates of this course haven’t even been realised yet.”

Based in Bendigo, students will use the city as a “living lab”, partnering with organisations including Bendigo Bank, Coliban Water, the City of Greater Bendigo and Bendigo Health to implement projects.

La Trobe says it is also in discussions with several multinational companies to provide mentors, travel scholarships, field trips and work placement opportunities.

Students will be based in a new Internet of Things teaching lab in Bendigo, which will include Internet of Things platform, social robotics, as well as prototyping and open source technology.

In another announcement today - as reported by iTWire - global networking giant Cisco has unveiled a partnership with La Trobe University to set up a Cisco Co-Innovation Centre at the institute of learning.

 

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