Infosys and Deakin join forces for strategic engagement in research, innovation and skill development

Media release

05 May 2021

Global leader in next gen digital services and consulting, Infosys have joined forces with Deakin to develop a strategic action plan for research, innovation and skill development.

The organisations will work together, combining their strengths in emerging technologies and design to innovate at scale.

The collaboration was formalised yesterday by Professor Iain Martin, President and Vice Chancellor, Deakin University and Mr Ashok Mysore, Vice President and Regional Head – Delivery and Operations, Infosys, who signed an agreement at the University's Burwood campus in Melbourne, also attended by Ms Michelle Wade, Commissioner, South Asia at Global Victoria, State Government of Victoria.

The strategic collaboration includes the establishment of the Infosys 'Living Labs' concept at Deakin's regional campus in Geelong. Living Labs will offer innovation as a service to clients and partners, by bringing together expertise in business, technology and design. The partners will soon be submitting a proposal to the Victorian Government for co-investing in this venture.

The agreement will also enable Infosys to contribute to Deakin's Geelong-based innovation ecosystem in Smart Manufacturing, ICT, Energy and Utilities. Infosys will leverage the University's existing infrastructure at its Waurn Ponds Campus to collaborate with incubators and on research projects. As a key component of the partnership, Deakin will allocate PhD scholarships in collaboration with Infosys in specific areas of mutual interest.

Mr Ashok Mysore, Vice President and Regional Head – Delivery and Operations, Infosys said, "This is co-innovation at its best and demonstrates our continued investment in driving innovation and building digital skills in Victoria. This collaboration has a particular focus on bringing innovative energy, utilities and smart manufacturing solutions to market".

Deakin Vice-Chancellor Professor Iain Martin said that the strategic collaboration with Infosys is an excellent example of a university working with the private sector to leverage investment, create local jobs and deliver transformative outcomes for the community.

"At Deakin we pride ourselves on the strength of our industry collaborations and our openness to new ideas and ways of doing. We continue to invest in partnerships like this that prioritise innovation and the positive outcomes we can create for our communities.

"The establishment of the Infosys Living Labs in regional Victoria is another step forward for the University and the region and will help develop the local community through the creation of new products and services and enhancing job opportunities," Professor Martin said.

Ms Michelle Wade, Commissioner, South Asia at Global Victoria, said that this was a collaboration between two leading organisations in the Victoria-India relationship.

"Both Infosys and Deakin harness some of the best and brightest minds, and are committed to the development of local economies and capability. I look forward to seeing the results of this partnership which has the potential to resonate in both Victoria and India," Ms Wade said.

The partners will explore the creation of new products and solutions through DeakinCo., the commercial arm of Deakin University, to develop a talent pool for the ICT / Digital and consulting sector in consultation with Infosys and the Victorian Government. Infosys will also offer opportunities for internships and employment for Deakin graduates and students.

ENDS

About Infosys
Infosys is a global leader in next-generation digital services and consulting, enabling clients in 46 countries to navigate their digital transformation.

With nearly four decades of experience in managing the systems and workings of global enterprises, Infosys expertly steers its clients through their digital journey. This is done by enabling enterprise with an AI-powered core that helps prioritise the execution of change. Infosys also empowers business with agile, digital at-scale to deliver unprecedented levels of performance and customer delight. The always-on learning agenda drives continuous improvement through building and transferring digital skills, expertise, and ideas from our innovation ecosystem. More information: www.infosys.com/australia

Media contact:
Jeremy Blackman
Senior Adviser, Strategic Communications
Deakin University
M: 0438 066 625
E: jeremy.blackman@deakin.edu.au
T: @DeakinMedia

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