Global services company EDS Australia has introduced a $700,000 Australia-wide program to provide special training to IT entrepreneurs at the National University in Canberra over the next four years.
Fully funded university scholarships will be available to seven candidates in the first year of the program in 2001.
The scholarships are part of a package of industry development initiatives built into the IT outsourcing agreement between the Australian Taxation Office (ATO) and EDS. One of the federal government's major objectives in outsourcing IT infrastructure is to develop and strengthen Australia's indigenous IT industry to improve its competitiveness on world markets.
According to Jim Duffey, EDS managing director, it is an excellent opportunity for Australia's IT professionals to develop international business and management skills necessary to establish successful enterprises in the Asia-Pacific Region.
The course will cover corporate strategy, marketing and management of people and organisations, with participants able to choose a fourth unit from topics covering technology management, entrepreneurial skills, e-commerce and investment decision making.
The scholarships, organised by EDS Asia Pacific Education Centre in Adelaide, will enable part-time study through a variety of attendance options, with EDS funding airfares to Canberra, and tuition costs and on-campus accommodation.
To qualify, candidates must be Australian citizens, hold an undergraduate degree and have a minimum of three years business experience.
Applications close November 30, 2000.
Full terms and conditions are available on the EDS Web site.