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Postgraduate Industry Placement Program pilot a success

29 Feb 2012

PG Industry Placement participants The University of Sydney Business School recently conducted a pilot Postgraduate Industry Placement Program, designed to allow postgraduate students from the Master of Commerce program to undertake an industry placement with some of Australia's leading corporations.

With the generous support of industry partners such as the Commonwealth Bank of Australia (CBA), Computershare and the New South Wales Treasury, five students were given an opportunity to apply their academic knowledge in a real-world business context.

Among those students was Andrew Ying, who was placed with the Group Customer Relations - Retail Banking Services within the CBA. "During my placement, I had the opportunity to work on two projects related to customer complaint and customer profitability data," Andrew said. "This was a unique opportunity within the Business School curriculum, and I would highly recommend it to friends and fellow students."

Luke Chard, Executive Manager, CBA Group Customer Relations, said "The program is ideal, as it allows the students taking part to work on actual projects, with real-time deadlines in research areas that are very important to our company.  One of the papers submitted to me was the best first draft I've ever read. The results of the students' research is invaluable, and we have taken their findings and incorporated them into CBA's strategy development."

"The students that came to work with us were all exceptional in terms of their attitude and ability" Luke continued. "Having the students come to work with us over the summer break allowed me to propel strategy development within the bank at a time when resources were stretched. We would definitely consider partnering with the Business School again, as we got a lot of value from it."

"Extending our industry placement program to include our postgraduate students has been a very exciting step for the Business School," said Professor John Shields, Associate Dean (Postgraduate Coursework) of the Business School. "The program has been very successful, with strong feedback from participants as well as our industry partners. It aligns very well with the overall strategy of the Business School, and will help us to maintain the strong links we have with our corporate partners for years to come."

For more information, please visit the Business School's Industry Placement Program web page.