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Scholarship recipients to gain valuable industry experience

Media release

C247/08

4 September 2008

Strong links between Curtin Business School and industry have lead to the creation of four new scholarships that will give future students the opportunity to gain first-hand experience with industry leaders while they study.

The Curtin Business School (CBS) Industry Scholarships will extend the student learning experience to four innovative workplaces: PriceWaterhouseCoopers, RAC, Australia Post and Bankwest. Scholarship winners will have paid work at each of these companies to learn from a key mentor and gain first-hand experience in the work environment, while also completing their university education.

Professor Duncan Bentley, Pro Vice-Chancellor of Curtin Business School said the scholarship program will offer recipients a head start in business, including vacation employment with the companies, and a $5000 annual cash payment over the course of their degree.

“The scholarships will provide recipients with the ultimate learning experience. They will learn from industry leaders and will have the opportunity to build their networks through the four companies,” Professor Bentley said.

“The demand for professional experience can be overwhelming for graduates when they first enter the workforce. The scholarship program ensures that CBS works closely with industry to match university-level talent with real-world opportunities.”

Curtin is already known for its links with business and industry and the scholarships fit within the scope of the new ‘triple-I’ curriculum model introduced by Curtin recently to meet student and industry needs.

The initiative is another way for Curtin to address the skills shortage and is a reflection of the growing trend of universities collaborating with industry to ensure graduates ‘hit the ground running’.

The scholarships are available to four students enrolling in the first year of an undergraduate degree at Curtin Business School in 2009.

For more information on the scholarships please visit: http://www.cbs.curtin.edu.au/business/ about-cbs/scholarships-and-bursaries

Modified: 5 September 2008