Monday, 16 March 2015 19:50

QUT looks to ‘shape digital economy’ in Qld

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The Queensland University of technology (QUT) is to appoint Australia’s first Chair in Digital Economy, which the university says, will put it at the forefront of shaping digital transformation in Queensland.

The PwC Chair in Digital Economy, sponsored by Price Waterhouse Coopers, along with partners Brisbane Marketing and the Queensland Government, will explore new opportunities for the re-shaping of key industries, research and learning in the face of unprecedented digital disruption.

"The rapid development of the digital economy has the potential to have as big an impact on our work and society as the industrial revolution," Professor Rowena Barrett, head of the QUT School of Management.

"We are in a period of profound change and the Chair will play a key role in researching how new technologies can best be harnessed to take full advantage of the opportunities in the new economy."

QUT is currently seeking applicants for the position, which the head of QUT’s School of Information Systems, Professor Michael Rosemann saying the appointee will focus on building a digital mindset in graduates across the university, as well as engaging with industry and government.

Professor Rosemann also said the Chair would have a research and advocacy role focused on industry engagement, policy development and thought leadership.

"We are looking for professors who can investigate and research the digital economy, educate industry and students about it, facilitate participation in it and stimulate its growth.

"We need someone who will academically and strategically lead the development and application of research-informed policies and the design of a curriculum that benefits the emerging generation of talent."

Luke Sayers, CEO of PwC Australia, said digital technology would be "absolutely fundamental to Australia's prosperity in the years ahead".

"Our own PwC research shows innovation and digital technologies together have the potential to increase Australia's productivity and raise GDP by 3.5% and $136 billion over the next 20 years.

"In order to make the most of this opportunity we need students and researchers in the fields of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. For this reason we are delighted to be able to partner with innovative organisations like QUT in working towards securing Australia's future.”

The Chair will officially be launched in April, and applications for the position close on 29 March..

For more information, or to apply for the position, click here or go to the QUT job vacancies page.

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