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Student project partnership

Education partnerships

Our students can help you solve real-world problems
We partner our students with leading corporate, community and government organisations to create solutions to authentic issues. Our students bring fresh insights to your organisation and gain invaluable practical experience.

Our students work collaboratively with organisations to bring an 'out-of-the-box' approach to genuine problems that our partners truly value. These practical projects equip them with the capability to work in multidisciplinary teams. They also gain priceless experience and immense learning value from combating the challenges of real-world, richly contextualised industry or community problems.

These problems can have local or global impact and are usually complex and challenging. Here are some examples of our project focuses.


  • Artificial intelligence
  • Autonomous vehicles
  • Digital disruption
  • Diversity in leadership 
  • Fairness in food supply chains
  • Improving smoke-free environments
  • Millennials and the future of work
  • Sustainable community practices in developing countries

Our projects cross many campuses, including the Westmead precinct, which will host six projects in 2019. Find out more about our 2019 projects and partners.

This fresh approach in having students from different disciplines working together has been extremely beneficial to AGL

Hosting a student project

Student project partnerships give you an opportunity to work directly with a group of talented students and tackle an issue that is relevant to your organisation. The University normally matches a range of students from varied disciplines to your project.


As a first step the student team will meet you face to face for a project brief about their assigned problem. During the project the students gather research, conduct detailed analysis and present recommended solutions to you as a group at the end of the semester.

The students' final presentations and reports were of a standard expected from a top-tier consultancy
NSW Farmers Association

As a project partner, you'll play a vital role in giving our students a headstart as they navigate their way into the future workforce.

Contact us if you're interested in taking on a student team. Projects run over 13 weeks, for three hours per week, or in an intensive mode over four weeks full time.

Our partners

We have partnerships with more than 35 leading organisations, across industry, community and government sectors. Some of them are listed below.

  • AirBNB
  • AGL
  • Blackmores
  • Commonwealth Bank
  • Communities Assist
  • Data 61|CSIRO
  • NSW Farmers Association
  • NSW Police
  • Public Service Commission
  • PwC
  • QBE
  • Telstra
  • Western Sydney Local Health District
  • Westmead Precinct and NSW Health (at Westmead)
  • Westpac

We also have partners outside Australia, including two in Hong Kong. Find out more about our 2019 projects and partners.

The students did an exceptional job at digesting the brief we supplied, applying in-depth research in a short time, and ultimately creating well-structured concepts
Infiniti Lab Hong Kong

Teacher's view: 'fantastic' real-life experience

Steven Hitchcock

Steven Hitchcock

Steven Hitchcock has had "amazing" experiences as a supervisor on several projects. He and students across different disciplines have benefited greatly from simply sitting around a table to work on a live project with key decision makers from a real organisation.

"There is something profound about getting to work with students on a real problem alongside managers from local organisations," he says.  "Working on a ‘live case’ makes the student experience more engaging and meaningful in a way that most classes can’t capture."

Students and teachers also gain unfiltered insights into the challenges they will face in future workplaces.

"Projects such as these show students the complicated ‘messiness’ of real-world projects and problems," he adds. "As John Lennon said, 'life is what happens when you are busy making other plans'. Being able to help students develop their ability to overcome these challenges at University is fantastic.

"Many of my students commented that working on the project was an awesome experience."

 - Steven Hitchcock, Academic Project Supervisor, Allianz projects

Facts & figures

Project fast facts

  • 35+ organisations that offer real-world projects for students
  • 600+ students that have done an industry project
  • 30+ completed projects

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