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London South Bank University joins forces with technology giant IBM

LSBU and IBM sign agreement which will enrich teaching and benefit students
25 June 2014

London South Bank University has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with multinational technology and consulting company IBM, continually voted in the top five world companies in the Fortune 500.

The agreement will give students a deeper knowledge of the software created by the market-leading blue chip company with access to their technology, as well as to professional expertise from within one of the world's most established brands.

Dr Kevin Grant, Head of Infomatics at LSBU, said: "Working with IBM gives our students a real advantage. Through this partnership we will be able to further extend and enrich our teaching through access to technologies; to case studies, technology-based white papers and other teaching materials. This means our students get exposure to 'cutting-edge' thinking and practices from the world of business and technology, giving them a real world knowledge coupled with an enterprising mind-set which prepares them well for the future."

Through the partnership the university has also been able to offer several students 'in kind support' up to the value of $50,000 (around £29,500), in how to further develop their business technology ideas, from conception and creation to commercialisation. 

Professor Phil Cardew, Pro Vice Chancellor at LSBU said: "This partnership will deepen the academic relationship between our organisations; the ultimate beneficiary of this being our students, who will not only have access to academic content but also the opportunity to undertake internships with IBM to gain valuable hands-on experience."