Supporting women to become IoT experts

La Trobe University welcomes a commitment by the City of Greater Bendigo to fund six scholarships over the next three years for women to study the new Master of Internet of Things.

The scholarships will support female students studying the Australian-first course, available at La Trobe’s Bendigo campus in 2020.

La Trobe Head of Campus Mr Robert Stephenson said the scholarships were aimed at boosting the number of women who specialise in the tech industry’s fastest-growing sector.

“The Internet of Things is emerging as key to future efficiency and competitiveness with all types of industry – so much so that recruiters can’t keep up with the demand for experts.

“Like many science and tech-related industries, the Internet of Things sector attracts far fewer women than men.

“This innovative new course, and initiatives like these scholarships, give us an opportunity to address some of that inequality, and entice more women into an exciting career specialising in The Internet of Things,” Mr Stephenson said.

City of Greater Bendigo Director Strategy and Growth Bernie O’Sullivan said the scholarships were part of Council’s commitment to the ongoing Internet of Things partnership between the City and La Trobe.

“Having talent from all over Australia and the world come to study this new degree in Bendigo will provide fantastic opportunities for us to work in partnership to address all kinds of civic problems using IoT.

“We know that diversity provides greatly improved outcomes, more creativity and new innovations and ideas that otherwise may not have come to the fore, and this is incredibly important in addressing the problems our cities and regions are facing in the coming years and beyond,” Mr O’Sullivan said.

Two scholarships will support students to study at La Trobe’s Bendigo campus in 2020, with the remaining four being offered in 2021 and 2022.

Applicants can be Australian citizens or international students, and must have completed an Australian Bachelor Degree (or its equivalent) with tertiary level subjects in mathematics, calculus or discrete maths.

More information on La Trobe’s Master of Internet of Things can be found here

More information on applying for the scholarship can be found here

Media contact: Kate O’Connor – k.o’connor@latrobe.edu.au – 5444 7415 / 0436 189 629

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