The MBT community is a real differentiator in terms of postgraduate education in Australia, and we now have the community itself, which is alumni, but we’ve started to include industry partners in that as well, and current students. It’s probably around 2000-strong now, and it’s very, very active. So they run events, they raise sponsorship for events – so for example, every November they run a golf day; they raised $40,000, and that’s just one example of many. They’re always running events, always bringing in top speakers, getting sponsors to sponsor events – it’s unique. I don’t know if it in any other postgraduate situation. There’s fantastic opportunities for students to network, primarily through the community, and as I say, the community includes industry partners, it includes the lecturers on the program, so they have access to a lot of people. We have a group LinkedIn site that’s extremely active, and you’ll get all sorts of questions posted there – you know, ‘I’m having problems with my boss, anybody help?’ and within a day you’ll have five or six people coming back saying ‘Let’s have a coffee – I’ve had a similar problem; I can give you some ideas of how to deal with it.’ It’s that kind of process.
We value our strong relationships with industry and continue to foster these to the benefit of our teaching and research.