The College of Business has hosted its annual cocktail gala to celebrate and acknowledge the strong network of industry partners and outstanding students from the 2015 Cooperative Education Program.
Organised by the Industry Engagement and Work Integrated Learning team, the annual event brought together more than 140 industry supporters, students, staff and alumni.
The Cooperative Education Program allows business students enrolled in four-year undergraduate degrees to obtain a year of work experience during their third year of study, which is invaluable when competing in the job market.
The MC for the evening was Caryl Hertz, Senior Manager, Industry Engagement and Work Integrated Learning, and the opening address was delivered by Adam Seedsman, Deputy Pro Vice-Chancellor, Industry Engagement.
Seedsman thanked RMIT’s many business partners for their continuing support of cooperative education.
“This evening’s event is a wonderful opportunity to acknowledge the contributions of RMIT’s industry partners and to celebrate the success of our students in the Cooperative Education Program for 2015,” he said.
“The collaborations between industry and the University, as exemplified by this program, are critical to ensuring that students graduate with the skills, experience and aptitude that industry needs – now and in the future.”
The keynote speaker was RMIT Alumnus Cheuk Chiang, Chief Executive Officer – Asia Pacific, Omnicom Media Group.
Chiang, a former Diploma of Business Administration student is currently overseeing Omnicom, a global leader in marketing communications.
He engaged guests with an informative presentation on “How to create a billion dollar company (by learning to fail at RMIT)”, sharing his five key tips:
- Set an audacious goal
- Have a purpose
- Create superstars
- Culture eats strategy for breakfast
“Innovation will have a disproportionate and transformational return on investment for a company,” Chiang said.
The event, held at the Sofitel Melbourne, saw the presentation of awards to the best performing students, based on their Work Integrated Learning assessment in 2015.
The following students were awarded at the event:
- Economics and Finance Cooperative Education Award: Alexander Tung, Bachelor of Business (Economics and Finance) student, from National Transport Commission
- Marketing Cooperative Education Award: Amelia Swain, Bachelor of Business (Marketing) (Applied) from VECCI
- Business Information Systems Cooperative Education Award: Stephanie Easton-Mew, Bachelor of Business (Business Information Systems) ( Applied) from NAB
- Accounting Cooperative Education Award: Chantelle Gauci Bachelor of Business (Professional Accountancy) from, Shine Wing
- Logistics and Supply Chain Management Cooperative Education Award: Stuart Goddard, Bachelor of Business (Logistics and Supply Chain Management) (Applied) from Orora Group
- International Business Cooperative Education Award: Roxanne Furnell, Bachelor of Business (International Business) (Applied) from GlaxoSmithKline
Showcasing another successful example of RMIT alumni, 2014 Business Plan Competition finalist Gigkoo supplied the musical entertainment for the evening, with the dulcet sounds of a jazz trio playing in the background.
Story: Rita Truong