Corporate engagement and partnerships

Deakin Business School has a long history of working with local and international industry, business and community to turn ideas into commercial reality, solve real-world problems and provide current and future employees with the skills they need for 21st century careers.

B2B pathways and partnerships

We work closely with industry partners to deliver tailored university education pathways, customised to your business.

These pathways can include award or non-award courses that lead to higher education qualifications. We cater for people with and without educational backgrounds or formal qualifications, and work with you to deliver courses in a way that suits your business needs.

Candidate discounts and organisational rebates are just some of the benefits a B2B partnership with Deakin Business School can bring. Recognition of prior learning (RPL) could also be applicable in some cases, leading to shorter course duration. Courses could include bachelor, masters, professional and executive education programs.

We currently have partnerships with a number of leading professional bodies and corporates who have taken advantage of this unique pathway model.

Deakin Business School leads the way in customisable, business focused and dynamic education pathways with many benefits.

For more information please contact:

Director – Pathways and Partnerships
Associate Professor Luckmika Perera
+61 3 925 17321

Executive education

We can help you develop your employees’ skills with tailored and measurable training and education programs.

We offer corporate executive training in a number of disciplines, providing the opportunity for participants to explore specific topics in-depth. Our training formats allow for sustained immersion in the learning environment while minimising time away from work.

Participants gain the latest skills and techniques, placing them at the forefront of progressive corporate strategy design. Our team of over 200 faculty apply rigorous research and global business knowledge to the fast-changing corporate landscape.

We specialise in:

  • business analytics
  • marketing
  • customer/pricing analytics
  • consumer behaviour
  • artificial intelligence
  • accounting and finance
  • integrated reporting
  • SME policy and practice
  • leadership for public policy
  • sports management
  • economic analysis
  • energy policy
  • retirement planning
  • financial planning
  • public choice.

Most of our programs are non-residential, with a one week duration and are organised in our Burwood, Waterfront and/or Downtown campus in Melbourne. We can also cater our programs in metro cities of India and South East Asia.

For more information please contact:

Director Executive Education
A/Prof. Harminder Singh
+61 3 924 46233

Innovation, entrepreneurship and small business

Our focus on innovation, entrepreneurship and small business is underpinned by our goals to prepare graduates for careers of the future, harness emerging technologies to facilitate innovative, borderless and personalised education and to positively impact the communities we serve.

The activities within this portfolio capitalise on our core competencies, including our advanced business scale-up and start-up experience, our commercialisation capabilities and our breadth and depth of knowledge of innovation and entrepreneurship.

We welcome engagement in this space, which is aimed at extending and strengthening the entrepreneurial ecosystem and at developing the innovation capabilities required to move Australian organisations into the digital economy.

We are able to offer the assessment of your organisation's capability, provision of education, skills development and customised training.

For more information please contact:

Director Small Business and Enterprise
Bruce Billson
+61 3 924 68031


DeakinCo. is the corporate division of Deakin University which presents new possibilities – not just for individuals and organisations but for the whole world of business. While traditional academic qualifications are evidence of an ability to study, DeakinCo. provides workplace solutions that assess and build workplace skills and capability for organisations. DeakinCo. workplace products are designed for the 21st century, to improve workplace performance and future employability.

Learn more about DeakinCo.


Industry research partnerships

We have developed numerous partnerships with business, government agencies, not-for-profit organisations, and community groups.

While each partnership is unique, all are based on identifying solutions to the issues facing our partners.

Types of research partnerships

Partnerships can take many forms, from developing new research centres that address under-served industry needs to undertaking high-profile research projects or conducting commercially sensitive research consultancy work.

Research centres

Long-lasting, mutually beneficial partnerships form the backbone of many of our research centres. Developing new or supporting existing research centres ensures that our research aligns with industry needs and priorities.

Learn more about our research centres

Research projects

We partner with organisations to conduct research projects on issues of mutual interest. Project outcomes serve the needs of our partner while enhancing our reputation through academic publications.

PhD projects

PhD students often receive support from partners to examine less time-sensitive issues. These partnerships also involve a team of experienced researchers who supervise the PhD student and the project more generally.

Research consultancy

Research consultancy work can be undertaken for partners seeking commercial in-confidence research outcomes.

Why partner with Deakin?

Our industry partners gain access to internationally renowned researchers working in:

Contact us

If you are interested in learning more about our research partnerships, please contact Danny Ong at

Work-integrated learning (WIL)

Organisations participating in the Deakin Business School WIL program benefit from:

  • assistance of a motivated student who brings the latest theory, techniques and new ideas to the organisation
  • support of the WIL staff and promotion of your organisation to students and the wider Deakin community
  • many student participants in the WIL program return as graduates to their host
  • students often assist on special projects
  • a strategic partnership with Deakin and the Faculty of Business and Law.

Learn more about our WIL program

At Deakin, our strategy is to develop and enhance mutually beneficial relationships with industry, the professions and the communities we serve.

Professor Barry J Cooper

Associate Dean – Engagement

Our sponsors and partners