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Victoria University & LINQ accelerate ICT grad students' learning

09 Aug 16

Victoria University has partnered with LINQ, a local tech startup that will help students learn advanced business skills to tackle the ever-complex problems faced in the global, digital environment.

Grad students at the university's School of Information Management will receive LINQ's Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) platform that will teach them how information supply chains can support business outcomes.

By utilising LINQ’s Software-as-a-Service platform the University will teach students how the building of Information Supply Chains can support business outcomes.

“We will use LINQ to provide students with a professional working environment, enabling them to enrich their learning experience and be ready for the workforce. Our students now have access to an innovative way to understand and assess information value in organisations, making them better business analysts and turning the classroom into an environment much closer to the business world. LINQ will accelerate students’ learning process, giving them access to a powerful and intuitive way to model information,” says Benoit Aubert, head of the School of Information Management.

LINQ believes that its state-of-the-art technology, delivered over a cloud platform, will help the university's ICT Grad school succeed, with benefits for not only students, but for the industry.

"This initiative is exactly the kind of collaboration with the ICT industry that the Wellington ICT Grad School is looking for. Our students will be working on real projects for start-ups, banks, consulting firms, film companies, multi-national corporations, SMEs and some of the fastest-growing tech companies in New Zealand and we are excited that LINQ will be one of them and the use of their technology will be a valuable addition." says Rees Ward, Director of the ICT Grad school.

LINQ CEO Stew Darling also believes that partnerships with tertiary providers are important as they foster growth. The company has retained the first member of the team, an intern who now works full time with the company for two years. The company has also hired two other Victoria University students.

"We believe our platform makes way for students to focus on business outcomes and not get bogged down with systems and process, which in turn will enable them to add an incredible amount of value to NZ inc. from day one,” Darling concludes.

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