Bond University’s School of Information Technology has signed a partnership agreement, with Tata Consultancy (TCS), the IT services arm of the global giant, adding one of India’s largest corporations to its elite global partner network.
The agreement provides for research collaboration, the exchange of academics and industry experts, and professional development programs.
This is a significant partnership for Australia’s highest rating* university as it will provide invaluable opportunities for information sharing, staff exchange, joint research projects, and international industry experience for Bond’s academics.
Bond University’s Head of the School of Information Technology Dr Iain Morrison said the significance of this agreement cannot be overstated due to the size of TCS and scope of activities envisaged in the agreement.
“Tata is well recognized as a giant in the software industry with vast resources at its disposal. This agreement opens the door for Bond’s School of IT to work with TCS on a number of research projects, and to establish exchange opportunities between their industry researchers and our academics,” said Dr Morrison.
“The opportunity to expand our research capacity and the significant scope to cross-pollinate ideas and technology is what makes this agreement so exciting,” he said.
Bond University Deputy Vice-Chancellor Professor Garry Marchant believes this corporate partnership will enhance the strength of the University’s rapidly expanding research portfolio and the curriculum of the IT programs.
“I am delighted that Tata has partnered with Bond – it is testament that this world leading corporation recognizes and values Bond’s strategic application for cutting-edge research and adopting real-time developments into our curriculum,” said Deputy Vice-Chancellor Professor Garry Marchant.
“The School of IT has established partnerships with a number of leading software giants; including IBM and Microsoft – both of whom now employ Bond graduates. I have high hopes that we will soon have graduates at Tata as well,” he said.
With its headquarters in Mumbai, Tata Consultancy (TCS) is one the largest providers of software services consulting in India with 42 offices worldwide including Australian offices in Sydney and Melbourne.
They have developed IT and business process systems for some of Australia’s premium blue chip customers including Qantas, Woolworths AGL, Superpartners, Foxtel, ING Direct, Vodafone Hutchison Australia, as well as the New Zealand Stock Exchange, across the Tasman.
There are a number of scholarships offered annually through the School of IT to Indian students.
* Bond University is Australia’s highest rating university after earning the most five-star ratings of any university across an impressive ten key performance indicators in the 2012 Good Universities Guide.