Global technology giant Hewlett Packard (HP) has teamed up with the University of South Australia and the State Government to help develop, further and promote Information and Communication Technology (ICT) education, training and careers in the state.
According to the news release by Premier Jay Weatherill, the State Government will provide a $5.5 million grant to the University to establish an Innovation and Collaboration Centre within its new building in the Health and Biomedical Precinct on North Terrace, which will present the students and small businesses with an access to HP’s global capabilities.
By expanding its presence in Adelaide, HP is hoping to create about 430 high-end technology jobs in the field of software development over the next four years, which will be spread across the Innovation and Collaboration Centre on North Tce and HP’s premises across Adelaide.
“This is just one example of how we are transforming and modernising our economy,” Mr Weatherill said.
“We are creating new industries and new jobs in exciting, high-tech fields. HP has chosen to expand in Adelaide because our competitive business cost environment gives our city an advantage over other parts of the country. This is what happens when you invest and build.”
The State Government will also provide $150,000 a year for student entrepreneur initiative aimed at supporting innovative students who want to pursue commercialization of new ideas in the ICT sector in partnership with HP and other companies.
In collaboration with HP, the University of South Australia will deliver an ICT honours program including work placements with HP to further support workforce development and expansion.
“Our collaboration with UniSA in developing a four-year honours degree will give South Australian students access to world-leading ICT education,” said HP South Pacific Managing Director Nick Wilson.
“SMEs, industry and students will also be able to take advantage of the extraordinary new Innovation and Collaboration Centre. In addition, HP will increase its workforce in the state by some 430 people over the next four years. We are committed to South Australia and to this exciting new ICT partnership.”
HP is expected to move to the new University of South Australia building in 2018. In the meantime, the company will be in the Catherine Helen Spence building at the City West campus.
University of South Australia Vice Chancellor Professor David Lloyd said the new partnership was a model for industry and university collaboration that would lead to innovation and economic growth.
“The creation of the new HP Innovation and Collaboration Centre is a first for any Australian university and is great news for students, for industry in South Australia, and for the State’s profile as a smart, globally connected city,” Prof Lloyd said.