Top students honoured at inaugural Intergen Young Achievers Award prize giving

14 October 2014

Wellington, 14 October 2014 - Intergen has become the sponsor of an academic award for top students in a first year Information Systems course at Victoria University of Wellington.

Established for the first time this year and awarded at the end of each university semester, the Intergen Young Achiever Awards are aimed at acknowledging the success of the three best performing students in INFO101: Foundations of Information Systems. With 1300 students enrolled each year, this paper was singled out in particular for the award as the mandatory first-year course for undergraduate students across a wide variety of disciplines, including commerce, information technology and law. 

Top students are selected based on strong academic performance and active engagement with the programme.

First place in the Intergen Young Achiever awards went to Roshan Patel, who received a Microsoft Surface Pro 3. Second and third place prize winners, Susanna Lees and Glen Leonard, received MIcrosoft Lumia Windows Phones.  Roshan, Susanna and Glen have also been invited to join Intergen’s 2015 graduate intake at Intergen’s annual bootcamp.

Intergen New Zealand CEO, Simon Bright, with Intergen Young Achievers Susanna Lees (second place), Glen Leonard (third place) and Roshan Patel (first place).
New Zealand CEO, Simon Bright, with Intergen Young Achievers Susanna Lees (second place), Glen Leonard (third place) and Roshan Patel (first place). Roshan was awarded a Surface Pro 3, and Susanna and Glen Leonard received Nokia Lumia 635 Windows Phones.

Intergen New Zealand Chief Executive Officer, Simon Bright, says, “We are delighted to be sponsoring the Intergen Young Achiever awards. It is important for us to reward the future stars of the New Zealand IT industry as they start thinking about what a career in technology might look like, and to play a role in showing newcomers to IT what a career in the industry might look like.”

As a company enthusiastic about promoting opportunities for professional development in ICT, Intergen believes it is important to start with the students who will shape the future of the industry. In sponsoring these awards, Intergen hopes to further its reputation for introducing promising young professionals to the growing New Zealand market. The past decade has seen Intergen bring more than 100 graduates into the ICT industry, and these awards will go a long way in attracting more prospective applicants for the future.

Benoit Aubert, Victoria University School of Information Management Head of School, and Simon Bright, Intergen New Zealand CEO.
Benoit Aubert, Victoria University School of Information Management Head of School, and Simon Bright, Intergen New Zealand CEO.

Professor of Information Systems and Head of the School of Information Management, Benoit Aubert (pictured left) says, “The IT industry is growing quickly and the careers available for our students are diverse and fascinating. It is a pleasure to see a company like Intergen take interest in our students when they are at the beginning of their programme. Direct exchange with members of the industry enables students to see how the elements they learn in the classroom are applied in the outside world. Students really enjoy learning more about IT applications and innovation.”

“Intergen and Victoria University have a long history together and we’re really excited about this new aspect of our partnership, celebrating the talents of their best students, and strengthening the connection between industry and academia,” says Bright.

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About Intergen

Intergen is one of Australasia’s leading dedicated Microsoft solutions providers and a leading member of the Microsoft Partner Network, with staff delivering information technology solutions across Australia, New Zealand and North America. Its key offerings include portals, content and collaboration solutions, web and digital strategy and delivery, user experience design, Microsoft Dynamics financial and relationship management, custom software development, management consulting, infrastructure consulting and hosting services.

For more information please contact:

Katy Sweetman
Communications Manager
Intergen

+64 4 472 2021
+64 21 955 303
Katy.sweetman@intergen.co.nz


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