Associate Professor Dr Anjeela Jokhan (FSTE Dean) and Mr Semi Tukana (SFL Founder) after the signing of the Agreement.
The University of the South Pacific’s (USP) Faculty of Science, Technology & Environment (FSTE) signed a Partnership Agreement with Software Factory Limited (SFL) on 5th June 2015.
The event marks a milestone achievement as the university endeavours to work closely with industry across the Pacific region.
The three year Partnership Agreement is designed to foster a friendly relationship through mutual cooperation in the implementation of the Industry Experience Project (IEP) between SFL and FSTE.
The Industry Experience Project is a final year course in the Bachelor of Net-Centric Computing (BNC) and Bachelor of Software Engineering (BSE)programmes, which have been provisionally accredited by the Australian Computer Society (ACS).
The IEP course aims to provide the final year BNC and BSE students with an environment in which they can develop professional skills and apply their skills acquired during their first three years of studies to solve an IT-related problem.
FSTE Dean, Associate Professor Anjeela Jokhan commented to the students to count themselves lucky to be part of the SFL family and to give the project their best shot.
“While you are here, one of the most important things is to learn how your colleagues here work, learn from them and contribute to them,” she added.
Dr. Jokhan stated that this was one of the rare chances of getting experience before students graduate from the University.
“We really look forward to many more students coming in and learning through Software Factory Limited,” she said.
SFL Founder, Mr Semi Tukana acknowledged the work of USP students in his company.
“We have seen a good indication of the studies done at USP, and the curriculum and resources for the training of the students are really working so I am really encouraged by it,” he said.
The general consensus shared by Mr Tukana was the ability to bring new graduates early to production mode.
“It takes us about six months to one year to bring a fresh graduate to production mode, so we want to shorten the time-frame and that is the reason we are encouraging this type of partnerships,” he stated. “Their productivity kicks in very fast at about the fourth week, out of eighteen weeks.”
Mr Tukana said that SFL is really committed to the Agreement and is also encouraging students from around the Pacific to be part of this project.
Staff of USP FSTE and Software Factory Limited present at the Agreement Signing.
Bachelor of Software engineering student, Mr Aisea Tuamoto shared that he was able to apply the knowledge he gained at USP in his project.
“One of the most interesting things for me is the team meetings at SFL,” he said.
“We used to learn all this as part of the course but now we are practically getting involved,” he added.
Another student, Mr Amendra Chand stated that being a student as well as undertaking the industry experience at SFL was a unique experience for him.
“We are experiencing a working student life, where we are based at an industry work environment during the day and study or complete our assignments at night,” he said.
The first cohort of IEP students are into their final month of attachment at Software Factory Limited.
FSTE is grateful to Mr. Tukana, an alumni from USP who has been actively supporting and contributing back to the university in the running of the BNC and BSE degree programmes.
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