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Partnership to grow next digital technology leaders

UTS and global telecommunications giant Alcatel-Lucent have partnered to equip a new generation of students with the cutting-edge knowledge to build, manage and exploit new networks in a broadband-enabled Australia.

As part of the agreement, Alcatel-Lucent will establish a facility for learning and professional development at UTS's Blackfriars Campus.

UTS students and academics will have access to Alcatel-Lucent facilities and infrastructure, while undergraduate and postgraduate courses will be shaped by Alcatel-Lucent training materials, with elements delivered in conjunction with Alcatel-Lucent staff.

Alcatel-Lucent Australia Managing Director Andrew Butterworth said the partnership was an exciting extension of Alcatel-Lucent’s activities in Australia.

“Both Alcatel-Lucent and UTS are driven by innovation and technology and we share the mutual goal of equipping a new generation of students with the skills needed in a broadband-enabled Australia,” Mr Butterworth said.

UTS Vice-Chancellor Professor Ross Milbourne welcomed the partnership as a further example of collaboration with industry to deliver industry-relevant teaching and learning and research.

“UTS's vision is to be a world-leading university of technology - partnering with a technology leader such as Alcatel-Lucent underlines this commitment." he said.

“Our students will benefit from industry experience, direct from the experts, giving them a headstart and advantage in the technology job market and a boost to the ICT industry generally."

In July 2010 Alcatel Lucent was selected as strategic supplier of the rollout of Australia’s National Broadband Network – the largest single infrastructure investment in Australian history.

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