8 May 2018
Around 200 guests gathered at a gala event on Thursday 3 May to commemorate three decades of the Faculty of Information Technology's (FIT) acclaimed Industry Based Learning program (IBL).
The 30-year anniversary acknowledges the pivotal role the IBL program continues to play in preparing undergraduate IT students for their future careers and recognises the industry partners who have shaped the program's development.
The IBL program provides students with an opportunity to apply key concepts from the classroom in a practical workplace setting to develop highly sought-after skills in IT.
Recognised by the IT industry for setting the benchmark in work-integrated learning, the IBL program has seen more than 1,300 students complete placements.
Today, over 100 students are placed each semester, with demand from the faculty's industry partners growing.
During his speech, Faculty of IT Dean, Professor Jon Whittle said the success of the IBL program is underpinned by the Faculty's commitment to equip students with the knowledge and expertise to excel in their chosen IT field.
"We focus on practical, hands-on experience, to expose students to the industries and employers they'll potentially be working with and for," he said
"Studying IT at Monash opens you up to career opportunities in virtually every industry and country around the world. Each year, 100 percent of our IBL students who seek employment receive graduate job offers through the program."
"I am extremely proud of the IBL program in the Faculty of IT. Other faculties across Monash University have implemented similar programs demonstrating how partnerships with industry can provide life-changing opportunities for our students and pathways into exciting and lucrative careers," the Dean said.
The IBL program gives students an option of one or two six-month industry placements with global partners including ANZ, Deloitte and PWC. It accelerates learning and sets students up for a future career. In many cases, these placements give students experience in industries they may not have considered.