Deakin University has joined forced with global digital services and consulting firm Infosys to develop a strategic action plan for research, innovation and skill development.
The strategic collaboration, which was formalised at the University’s Burwood campus in Melbourne, will explore the creation of new products and solutions through DeakinCo., the commercial arm of Deakin University, to develop a talent pool for the ICT / Digital and consulting sector.
It includes the establishment of the Infosys ‘Living Labs’ concept at Deakin’s regional campus in Geelong, which will offer innovation as a service to clients and partners, by bringing together expertise in business, technology and design.
The agreement will also enable Infosys to contribute to Deakin’s Geelong-based innovation ecosystem in Smart Manufacturing, ICT, Energy and Utilities by leveraging the University’s existing infrastructure at its Waurn Ponds Campus to collaborate with incubators and on research projects.
Deakin Vice-Chancellor Professor Iain Martin said that the two organisations will combine their strengths in emerging technologies and design to innovate at scale.
“The establishment of the Infosys Living Labs in regional Victoria is another step forward for the University and the region and will help develop the local community through the creation of new products and services and enhancing job opportunities,” Professor Martin added.
Mr Ashok Mysore, Vice President and Regional Head – Delivery and Operations, Infosys said the company will also offer opportunities for internships and employment for Deakin graduates and students.
“This is co-innovation at its best and demonstrates our continued investment in driving innovation and building digital skills in Victoria,” Mr Mysore continued.
“This collaboration has a particular focus on bringing innovative energy, utilities and smart manufacturing solutions to market.”
According to Deakin’s statement, the partners will soon be submitting a proposal to the Victorian Government for co-investing in this venture.