3 August 2016
The 2015 B/HERT Awards saw Monash University’s MITI program receive both the Best Higher Education & Training Collaboration award and the overall Outstanding Excellence in Collaboration award.
An Australian first, The Monash Industry Team Initiative (MITI) facilitates a direct pathway to connect leading Australian and global industry partners and multidisciplinary student teams from Monash University to collaborate and design innovative solutions to real business problems and challenges that are unique to organisations.
“It was a terrific honour for MITI to receive these awards,” said Madeleine McManus, Director of MITI. “MITI is a great program, which offers real, measurable benefits to both the students and the organisations they engage with. We’re especially pleased that the program, which is the first of its kind in Australia, has been acknowledged in this way within 12 months of being established. It’s a great reward to both our Australian and international industry partners, and the talented, multidisciplinary student teams who represent every faculty at Monash University” she added.
Industry partners host teams of between two and four students at undergraduate, post-graduate and PhD level to complete a defined project over 10-12 weeks from December to February.
Being recognised as a leader in university and business collaboration provides Monash University with an opportunity to leverage and further develop existing industry partnerships and allows us to position ourselves as an Award winning program for the future value proposition to new partners.
The monetary component of the Award has been invested back into the program to help facilitate opportunities within the not-for-profit sector, an exciting inclusion into the most recent program.
A strong supporter and partner of the program Transurban CEO, Scott Charlton said “One of the biggest positives (of MITI) is to challenge our team’s thinking. You bring in very energetic, talented people without biases or background in the industry and they just think differently. They ask questions we’ve given up asking a long time ago and therefore we rethink the answers and we get much better outcomes.”
The program has delivered a diverse range of innovative outcomes, including: app development, big data analysis and visualisation, innovative product development, process review and optimisation, community art-based projects, digital engagement and interactivity concepts, web-based solutions, development of a clean water system and many others.
Some of the programs current partners include, Transurban, Telstra, United Energy, HP Inc (USA), nab and VicRoads.
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