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Accreditation procures career boost for master's students

Dr Antoine Hermens, picture by Toby BurrowsDr Antoine Hermens, picture by Toby Burrows

In summary:

  • UTS master's students specialising in procurement now have access to international employment opportunities with accreditation of the course by the Chartered Institute of Purchasing and Supply
  • UTS Head of Management Antoine Hermens says sustainable procurement is a dominant theme throughout the degree, as the industry needs more efficient ways of building sustainable projects

UTS Master of Business students specialising in procurement now have a passport to an international career with the accreditation of their course by the Chartered Institute of Purchasing and Supply (CIPS).

CIPS accreditation for the Master of Business in Operations and Supply Chain Management means students will develop industry-leading skills in procurement and sustainable practices with internationally recognised credentials according to the Head of Management in the UTS Business School, Dr Antoine Hermens.

Dr Hermens said that sustainable procurement is a dominant theme throughout the degree as the industry needs more efficient ways of building sustainable projects.

"It is not just a carbon footprint the course is concerned with, it's having this in mind through every development of a project," Dr Hermens said.

"The degree also incorporates the themes of strategy, innovation, team work, creating value and networking."

Dr Hermens said the CIPS accreditation was about making the Australian procurement industry more competitive in a global market. "We need to learn locally and act globally," he said.

Students receive the CIPS accreditation through the procurement steam in their degree that includes ten core subjects that meet the academic requirements of full membership of the institute.

UTS adjunct lecturer and Group Purchasing Manager at Rheem Australia, Graham Chalker, worked on the content for the accreditation and said it was highly valuable for students who wish to work internationally.
 
"Having this accreditation is almost a prerequisite for working in the industry in Europe and the United Kingdom," Mr Chalker said.
 
"This high standard of practice has lifted the sphere of procurement in the eyes of the industry to a place where it wasn’t before."

Enrolled students in the UTS Master of Business OSCM (Procurement Stream) are eligible for complimentary student membership of CIPS worth A$205 to further assist with their study.

Visit the UTS Business School website for more information about the degree and the accreditation.

Alexandra Berriman

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