A world-class training program provided by telecommunications giant Alcatel-Lucent in partnership with UTS will launch for the first semester next year.
Following a pilot course in April, Alcatel-Lucent University's innovative learning modules have now been approved by UTS's academic board for inclusion in the Master of Engineering program for relevant telecommunications and networks majors.
The curriculum content, purpose-built laboratory at UTS Blackfriars and industry certification program will strengthen postgraduate courses for students who aspire to work with the most advanced carrier-grade IP networks, including Australia's NBN.
CEO of Alcatel-Lucent Australia Andrew Butterworth said the partnership with UTS would provide students with a powerful combination of tertiary degree, practical industry-level skills and certification.
"Students of Alcatel-Lucent courses at UTS will become the skilled workers our customers need as they develop and deliver the next generation of broadband services," said Mr Butterworth said. "After more than a century helping to establish Australia's connected infrastructure, we're excited to be producing graduates of this calibre to support future networks and service innovation."
Alcatel-Lucent is UTS's first significant telecommunications partner to contribute to the academic engineering curriculum while UTS is the first university in the world to offer the Alcatel-Lucent 'Networking Routing Specialist II' industry certification.
"Alcatel-Lucent is the stand-out supplier and innovator of this type of technology in Australia and has been an integral part of the country's telecommunications landscape for generations," said Dr Tim Aubrey, Associate Dean Teaching & Learning in the Faculty of Engineering and IT.
Dr Aubrey said the strong partnership between UTS and Alcatel-Lucent Australia has developed over 11 years, with a collaborative focus to deliver training, scholarship programs and a number of research partnerships.
Up to 100 UTS students per year will have access to Alcatel-Lucent's facilities, infrastructure and training services. Training will focus on technologies that will form a fundamental part of a broadband-enabled Australia including voice over IP, video over IP, access IP technology, passive optical networks (PON) and others.
"UTS students will benefit from gaining up-to-date telecommunications experience, direct from the industry leaders," Dr Aubrey said. "This partnership with Alcatel-Lucent will deliver accelerated learning so that when students graduate they will have the dual benefit of academic and industry-level skills needed to build and manage new networks in a broadband-enabled Australia."
Alcatel-Lucent University, the company's organisation for learning and professional development, invests strongly in tertiary education worldwide, enabling students to keep pace with changes in technology and develop the skills needed to excel in a highly competitive market.
Its 18 training centres around the world deliver almost 3 million student hours per year, providing outstanding education in product, technical, functional and leadership development. The establishment of the Alcatel-Lucent University at UTS is the first facility of its kind in Australia.
Enrolment for Alcatel-Lucent developed subjects at UTS has begun and the first class will commence in February. An information session on the courses will be held at UTS on 28 September at 6pm.