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New NEC office in Wollongong drives ICT jobs growth in regional Australia

Wollongong, 28 September 2016 - NEC Australia, a leading Australian ICT solutions and services firm, has announced the official opening of a new corporate office in Wollongong that will create more than 130 new technology jobs in regional Australia. The new office, based at the University of Wollongong’s (UOW) Innovation Campus is part of a $25 million investment in the region that will support major customers of NEC across the country.

The strategic partnership with UOW is aimed at encouraging new employment opportunities in the ICT sector in regional NSW. The partnership also expands NEC’s global ambition to capitalise on technology to address pressing societal challenges, including aging populations, the environment, security, and impacts to industry from next generation technologies.

NEC Australia’s Chief Operating Officer Mike Barber will be joined at the commemoration by The Hon Stuart Ayres MP, NSW State Minister for Trade, Tourism and Sport; Gareth Ward MP, Parliamentary Secretary to the NSW Premier; and Damien Israel, Chief Finance Officer of UOW.

NSW Minister for Trade, Tourism and Major Events Stuart Ayres, says NEC Australia’s decision to launch a base in Wollongong is testament to the area’s reputation for innovation.

“The Wollongong University Innovation Campus is truly cutting edge and it’s fantastic to see NEC Australia launching their new operations here. More than 130 smart jobs in ICT for regional NSW – a great win for Wollongong and a demonstration of how investment is crucial to drive job growth for our State”.

Mike Barber, COO, NEC Australia said: “NEC Australia has made significant investments in growing our service capabilities in regional Australia. We’re committed not just to driving jobs growth in regional Australia but also providing the resources to help our customers serve their communities. We’re a truly national service provider, delivering critical support to help our enterprise customers support their end-users and clients across Australia, from regional Victoria to the furthest outposts in the Northern Territory.”

The partnership with the University of Wollongong includes NEC Australia’s 2017 Graduate Program, which offers graduates an opportunity to kickstart a career alongside some of Australia’s top technology executives in Australia. This program is also open to graduates in Adelaide, Darwin, and Melbourne, reflecting NEC Australia’s reach and national approach to ICT jobs growth across the country.

UOW Acting Vice-Chancellor Professor Judy Raper said UOW welcomed the official opening of NEC Australia’s operations at the Innovation Campus. “The addition of a leading technology firm not only provides jobs for the region, it will create opportunities for our graduates and further reason to study at UOW.

"We’re particularly excited at the possibility for graduates in information and communications technology to be able to work with a global leader right here in Wollongong as well as collaborating with NEC in a range of ICT research areas, in particular in cybersecurity.

"The partnership with NEC demonstrates the value of clusters of innovation, where education, incubation of new ideas and world-leading a research create a setting where new and existing enterprises can flourish and find the edge to succeed,” stated Ms Raper.

Located at the heart of UOW’s 33-hectare Innovation Campus precinct, the corporate office also allows NEC Australia to harness new opportunities to collaborate with world-class researchers at the UOW Innovation Campus whom specialise in fields that align with NEC’s global focus on technologies and solutions to orchestrate a smarter, safer and more equal future.

UOW Innovation Campus’s researchers and its state-of-the-art facilities will enhance the value of NEC Australia’s existing investments in ICT innovation in Australia, which currently span health, communications, biometrics, security, and smart city infrastructure.

UOW is driving the Illawarra’s ambition to become Australia’s largest regional, smart community. Leveraging NEC’s Smart Cities capabilities in a newly signed MoU with the University of Wollongong, UOW is bringing together a multidisciplinary group, with industry and government partners, to develop research projects within its “Smart Campus” concept. This is to build expertise in innovative solutions that create sustainable living and vibrant infrastructures for both communities and enterprises.

NEC Australia will also support the UOW Innovation Campus’ ambition to find solutions that address Australia’s current and future challenges in managing an ageing population, coping with industrial transformation and sustaining coastal environments.

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Angela Coombes
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NEC Australia
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