At Torrens University Australia, we believe in the transformative power of connecting education and industry. We understand industry’s expectation of job-ready and rounded graduates. All of our courses feature ongoing industry immersive focus and built-in collaboration with industry leaders – ensuring our curriculum is agile, continuously evolving to reflect industry needs and always real world relevant.
Strong industry partnershipsWe are an essential part of the ecosystem which determines progress and advancement of society – this includes industry, businesses, communities, governments, and people. Torrens University contributes to the ecosystem by producing capable and confident graduates who do not just possess skills and qualifications but are equipped to lead industry of the future .
Our offering to students is unique, not only because we have strong industry partnerships and relationships, but because of our rich history of industry immersion. Our legacy is built on the shoulders of giants. We are home to a suite of industry-respected institutions – Blue Mountains International Hotel Management School, Billy Blue College of Design, William Blue Dining, and Australian College of Natural Therapies. So when we say we are a university co-designed with industry, we mean it – and we promise that every student will be industry connected.
Work-Integrated LearningWork-Integrated Learning (WIL) is an essential part of our course offerings – with industry placement built into every one of our undergraduate degrees. WIL provides the critical bridge for students, connecting theory in the classroom with industry and their future workplace.
This practical industry experience enables students to develop skills that will enhance their prospects of gaining meaningful employment and building their career for the future. It allows them to see first-hand how their studies translate into practice, as well as how ‘real world’ practice relates to what they are learning. In the dynamic and uncertain world we are in, WIL is vital as it develops work ready skills, builds connections, enhances confidence and boosts students’ employability while they are studying.
You can learn more about our Work-Integrated Learning environments and initiatives here.
Our academics are industry connected
Education has greater value when lecturers apply relevant experience to their teaching – bringing real examples and anecdotes from their own industry experience and providing deeper perspectives on subject matter.
We are fortunate to have many highly respected, industry connected lecturers teaching our students. Our experts include Associate Professor Ali Mirjalili who runs our Artificial Intelligence Centre and was named by the Web of Science Group’s annual global list of Highly Cited Researchers for 2019; Professor Khimji Vaghjiani who teaches our new global social entrepreneurship subject and recently launched a book on the journey of an entrepreneur; Robyn Latimer OAM who is our Associate Dean for Design and Creative Technologies and also the President of the tourette syndrome association of australia. These are just some examples of our academics who inspire and provide a wealth of knowledge to our students.
Our curriculum is co-designed by industry
To ensure our courses are real world relevant and the skills our students take to their workplace are highly valued, we engage industry in the design of all our courses. This includes the very first stages of development, when decisions are made to launch courses.
Industry experts then help our academic teams create the courses. Before a course is constructed, Torrens University Australia convenes a course advisory committee (CAC), which comprises industry practitioners and external academics. Each CAC scrutinises the course proposals to ensure it contains and fosters up-to-date industry skills and knowledge.
This is critical because the university has the ethical mandate to provide quality and valuable education so that our students can put their skills to immediate use in their chosen industry and pursue careers they love.
Importantly, it ensures our graduates achieve our employability and industry-connected objectives.
Our rock star industry relationships and partnerships
We enjoy describing high achievers, agenda setters, change makers and leaders inside and outside Torrens University as rock stars of our ecosystem and orbit.
We have a range of rock star relationships and partnerships with industry across all our faculties. From our Hospitality faculty’s Graduate Privileged Partner (GPP) program, which brings together highly professional representatives from eleven major global hospitality brands, to the likes of Simon Black Academy, Flight Centre Travel Academy, Real Madrid Graduate School, Revlon, IBM, and Sony PlayStation, we have strong connections with industry to create unique opportunities for our students. Check out our industry partners and co-delivery partners below.
Check out some of our events and forums we have with industry.