Wednesday, 11 April 2018 12:01

SAP, Victoria University partner on Next-Gen LAB launch


Victoria University is collaborating with global software giant SAP to launch Australia’s first SAP Next-Gen Lab where students can draw on SAP’s capabilities and latest technologies such as machine learning, artificial intelligence, Internet of Things, blockchain and big data.

The new SAP Next-Gen Lab is situated at Victoria University’s Melbourne city Flinders campus and is designed to encourage collaboration and innovation by Master of Business students.

“We are delighted and honoured that the first SAP Next-Gen Lab will be based at VU. This is yet another opportunity to build on our ongoing partnership for the benefit of our students. VU graduates will have unique skills and industry connections that will make them stand out to business and technology providers,” said Professor Colin Clark, dean, College of Business, Victoria University.

The university’s Masters of ERP and Business Analytics students with be provided, in the first semester, with a project task by O-I Glass, a world glass bottle and jar manufacturer, which has 75 production plants in 21 countries, and employs 21,000 people.

SAP says the Next-Gen Lab confirms VU’s global reputation as a university that prepares and delivers industry-ready graduates. The VU Lab will:

  • Connect companies recruiting next-generation leaders with students and graduates who have specific digital-transformation knowledge and skills;
  • Showcase startups with corporations seeking to seed disruptive innovation; and
  • Enable students to work on SAP Next-Gen projects with industry partners, including SAP customers.

Bruce McKinnon, head of Digital Business Services, SAP Australia and New Zealand, said that by opening new channels for Victoria University’s students to share and collaborate with other thought leaders in academia and industry, “this partnership provides the opportunity for them to harness the technologies and innovation driving the digital transformation of industries today. I can’t wait to see the innovations they produce".


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Peter Dinham

Peter Dinham is a co-founder of iTWire and a 35-year veteran journalist and corporate communications consultant. He has worked as a journalist in all forms of media – newspapers/magazines, radio, television, press agency and now, online – including with the Canberra Times, The Examiner (Tasmania), the ABC and AAP-Reuters. As a freelance journalist he also had articles published in Australian and overseas magazines. He worked in the corporate communications/public relations sector, in-house with an airline, and as a senior executive in Australia of the world’s largest communications consultancy, Burson-Marsteller. He also ran his own communications consultancy and was a co-founder in Australia of the global photographic agency, the Image Bank (now Getty Images).



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