Young IT hotshots sent back to school

Young IT hotshots sent back to school

Young industry bright sparks will undertake a one-year part-time management course courtesy of a $750,000 scholarship program run by IT services company Electronic Data Systems (EDS).

Now in its third year, the scheme has already seen 19 hotshots complete a Graduate Certificate of Management at the Australian National University (ANU) in Canberra. Now a further 14 will be taught how to develop overseas business markets.

President of EDS Information Solutions, Asia-Pacific South, Don Easter, said the program had attracted a large number of very high calibre candidates including many who already held management positions.

“By bringing together young IT leaders from around Australia, the program promotes the exchange of ideas and views on the future of the industry,” he said.

The course covers corporate strategy as well as the marketing and management of people and organisations as core components. Topics including technology management, entrepreneurship, e-commerce and investment decision making are optional.

The scholarships are part of a package of industry development initiatives incorporated into an IT outsourcing agreement between EDS and the Australian Tax Office. EDS picks up the bill for tuition, accommodation and airfares.

Scholarship winners: Jason Leo, Object Consulting; John O’Neill, Create Media; Juergen Wolf, Econsult Management Consultants; Aubrey Gonsalves, Ocean Group; Chinh Quach, SmartGuide; Alan Bristow, DSpace; Michael Haddy, Innovation Science; Nina Johansen, Strategic Data Management; Kris Viner, Igatech Consulting; Andrew Cleary, Ancaro Systems; David Pinkerton, Wizard Information Services; Oliver George, Glenlusk; Bridget Hiller, Verdant; Simon Turton, Dittman Consulting.

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