University of Melbourne, one of Australia's ‘sandstone universities’ have a modern approach to supply chain management. University of Melbourne have joined forces with GS1 Australia to ground its research and students with real world experience.
In February, the University of Melbourne became the eleventh tertiary institution to sign a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with GS1 Australia. Associate Professor Damien Power said the MOU would work well for both GS1 Australia members and the university.
GS1 Australia members and the students at the university can apply for research grants and collaborate on important research projects. The use of radio frequency identification in the healthcare sector is a good example. GS1 Australia can provide the industry partnerships required for research and the university can provide access to university research findings.
Making connections between theory and practice had already paid dividends for both undergraduate and post-graduate students. Recently, students spent half a day at the Supply Chain Knowledge Centre to see the discussions in class in a real world context. The MOU is a great initiative because GS1 Australia's work fits with what the teachers teach at Melbourne University.