New partnerships result in student internship opportunities with Microsoft (Issue 5, 2013)

MoU-signingProfessor John Rosenberg recently announced our significant new partnerships with Multi Media University and Taylor’s University, two major private Malaysian universities. Professor Rosenberg signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with each partner that benefits all universities and our students. The events were witnessed by visiting Victorian Government Minister the Hon Louise Asher MP, and was part of the Government’s Super Trade Mission to Malaysia.

Dr Wenny Rahayu, Head of Computer Science, and Professor Lorraine Ling, Executive Dean of Education from La Trobe also attended the MoU events and took part in detailed discussions with their respective colleagues.  

‘We are delighted to be working together with our new university partners and Microsoft SharePoint Factory, in student exchange and internship activities, collaborating on commercialisation projects and the development of other mutually beneficial academic links,’ said Professor Rosenberg.

The SharePoint Factory is Microsoft’s commercial entity that provides work experience and employment opportunities for students. Our students will have the opportunity to join a training and certification program that includes a six to 12 month internship. Students will be employed by the factory and be given real commercial projects to work on.

Students will be trained in ‘soft’ skills and work on real projects while being supervised by senior industry managers. Microsoft will also provide training material and train our lecturers to become certified trainers. After completion of their course, some students will be guaranteed a job at Microsoft SharePoint.

SharePoint Factory businesses are located in Kuala Lumpur, Melbourne and our Bendigo Campus, which will allow students from both countries to take part in international work experience.

‘Our students will have an amazing opportunity to learn from our Asian colleagues, and we look forward to a closer relationship between the universities, and between Malaysia and Australia,’ said Dr Rahayu.

The MoU with Taylor’s University also provides an excellent opportunity to highlight our considerable strengths in the Faculty of Education.

‘This partnership sounds great and really also ties in with the Malaysian-Victoria practicum project in which we are involved in’, said Professor Ling.

We have already sent one group and plan to send another two next year – one in January and the other in June.

‘The University’s CLTC college teaching school initiative is extraordinarily successful with all sides ecstatic at the success,’ Professor Ling continued.