Global technology and services provider, NEC Australia, has signaled a $25 million investment into establishing a new office within the University of Wollongong (UOW).
NEC will set up a new corporate office at the university’s Innovation Campus, creating about 110 jobs in the area.
NEC managing director, Tetsuro Akagi, was joined by the minister for the Illawarra, John Ajaka, as well as representatives from UOW, Wollongong City Council, Illawarra Business Chambers and NSW Trade & Investment for a ceremony to mark the signing of the lease.
“Securing the new NEC Australia office at the Innovation Campus is a great result for the Illawarra – it is expected to bring a whopping 110 jobs to the region,” Ajaka said.
The investment was aided by Advantage Wollongong, which is a partnership between NSW government, UOW and Wollongong City Council to help bring investment into the region.
Along with launching the new office, NEC will also partner with UOW to supply a graduate program to build ICT careers in the region and encourage growth in the sector in regional NSW.
“This is one of our largest investments in NSW and gives us the space to add significant numbers of new permanent jobs in regional NSW,” NEC Australia NSW state manager, Peter Boyd, said. “We’ve already created hundreds of new jobs to support our continued growth in South Australia and the Northern Territory and with the addition of Wollongong, NSW is now on the same trajectory in terms of new jobs and investments.”
Through the Strategic Partnership with UOW, NEC can provide a wide range of solutions to current and future customers as well as global capabilities to the Wollongong region by introducing its advanced innovation programs being led out of Japan.