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Campus News : December 2010
4 Campus News December 2010 University of Wollongong www.uow.edu.au MphasiS on ties with India The University of Wollongong's campaign to attract Indian information and communication technology (ICT) corporations to the city is paying off, with NSW Treasurer Eric Roozendaal officially opening the MphasiS centre at the University in October. MphasiS is a Bangalore-based Hewlett Packard ICT company that employs 38,000 people world-wide, and UOW Vice-Chancellor Professor Gerard Sutton predicts other Indian companies will follow its lead in establishing centres at UOW's Innovation Campus. "I am confident that this commitment from MphasiS is for the long term, and the company will be the first of many Indian companies to locate at the Innovation Campus," Professor Sutton said. "But there can only ever be one first. MphasiS is the first, so this is a very significant occasion." Fittingly, UOW Ambassador and former Australian cricketer Adam Gilchrist was on hand to assist with the opening, joining Mr Roozendaal, Indian Consul General Amit Dasgupta. MphasiS executives and Professor Sutton to open the first MphasiS integrated development and delivery centre in Australia. In his role as UOW Ambassador to India, Gilchrist has been part of three UOW delegations to the sub- continent since 2008 to meet with leaders of India's ICT industry and promote opportunities to establish operations at the Innovation Campus. Gilchrist said he was thrilled to be involved, and described the opening as a "fantastic, historical day for both parties". MphasiS will employ around 250 people at the centre to service its customers in Australia and New Zealand, while also working with UOW on a range of initiatives including training, graduate recruitment, and research and development. Professor Sutton said the relationship between UOW and MphasiS had been built on trust and goodwill forged over the UOW team's three visits to India. That trust and goodwill was evident at the official opening, with MphasiS president, Asia-Pacific, Mr P.A Krishnan saying the personal relationships built up with UOW representatives had been critical to the company's decision to locate the centre in Wollongong. "When we started researching to identify a location for a centre outside India we looked at a number of locations in Australia and New Zealand," Mr Krishnan said. "Wollongong stood out very clearly as a choice. The University of Wollongong actually impressed us -- not just because of its location or as a university -- but because of the people we met who worked with our team. "Your attitude, your approach and your hospitality has brought us here to you." Mr Krishnan said MphasiS was committed to creating employment in Wollongong. MphasiS Australia and New Zealand Regional Director Sudhir Mathur added: "Our partnership with the University of Wollongong will work towards the development of local talent and create exciting employment opportunities in the region." MphasiS provides applications services, remote management services, and Business Process Outsourcing (BPO) services to customers around the world. Its Wollongong centre is temporarily located on UOW's main campus, but will move to the Innovation Campus when the Enterprise1 commercial building is completed in mid-2011. The centre will focus exclusively on customers in Australia and New Zealand and will offer a specialised resource pool for the telecommunications industry as well as a Centre of Excellence for testing. Both MphasiS and the University of Wollongong acknowledged the strong and positive support received from the NSW Government in ensuring the establishment of the centre in Wollongong. Mr Roozendaal congratulated MphasiS "for recognising Wollongong as the ideal location for its facility", saying that the Innovation Campus had been established to drive collaboration and partnerships between UOW researchers and industry. NH Professor Iverson said it was also appropriate that Professor Bashir, who grew up in the Riverina town of Narrandera, was participating in the first graduation ceremony of a medical school that had been established with a focus on training doctors to work in regional, rural and remote areas of Australia. "We developed a new model for our medical school, and are very pleased with the way it is fulfilling its vision to train doctors who have a commitment to work in regional and rural areas," Professor Iverson said. "A key part of the model is that our students spend a year of their course out in the community, attached to general practice clinics and hospitals in the Illawarra, Shoalhaven and other parts of regional NSW. "It is proving a great success. The students get a lot out of it, and the doctors they train with like it. Over time we feel it will result in many of our graduates returning to the places where they trained to work as GPs and specialists." Professor Iverson said he was particularly pleased to see that a significant number of graduates from the first cohort of students had chosen to stay in the Illawarra and Shoalhaven for their two-year hospital internships. "It is very satisfying to produce home-grown doctors for this region, particularly for our Foundation Dean Professor John Hogg who essentially put his own medical career on hold to help establish the GSM." Professor Iverson said he was confident the first group of students to have completed the GSM course would live up to the highest standards of the medical profession, and become fine doctors. "This has been an excellent group of students, who have pioneered a new style of medical degree in which we set out to deliver a quality curriculum in an innovative way," he said. "From the beginning the students set a tone of involvement and assertiveness. They viewed this course as their own, and were certainly not frightened about speaking out and making suggestions on how we could improve certain aspects of the course. The students who are following them are now benefitting from refinements as a result of their input." NH Seal of approval for GSM graduates from P1. Pro Vice-Chancellor (Health) Professor Don Iverson, Professor of Medicine Wilf Yeo and Graduate School of Medicine Foundation Dean Professor John Hogg, pictured at this year's Stumping Serious Diseases dinner. Indian Consul General Amit Dasgupta and NSW Treasurer Eric Roozendaal cut the ribbon to officially open the MphasiS centre at UOW. CENTRE STRENGTHENS IT CONNECTIONS