Broadening the future of technologyBo Yao

Pictured: BroadLink chairman, COO and co-founder, Bo Yao

A new scholarship and partnership will allow UTS graduates to reach further than ever

“We are delighted to be working together with UTS to create a learning and working environment that benefits the future of our industry.” – BroadLink chairman, COO and co-founder, Bo Yao.

UTS will be pushing the boundaries of new technology with the creation of a new scholarship for the benefit of PhD candidates at its Faculty of Engineering and IT.

Already known to the world as a leader in the fields of artificial intelligence (AI), big data, and the Internet of Things (IoT), UTS is broadening its footprint in these areas by securing new strategic partners who share a common interest in advancing the level of expertise and excellence it can bring to the world through its research and its graduates.

The first of these partnerships is with BroadLink, a Hangzhou, China-based company specialising in the creation of smart appliances and services. Some of the projects BroadLink is working on include smart refrigerators, driverless cars, and networked home security – all of which incorporate the latest cutting-edge technology in AI, data management and more. In turn, the technology it uses relies on its substantial research and development department, which makes up 60 per cent of its workforce of more than 230 employees – 51 of whom possess a Masters or PhD qualification.

The match between UTS and BroadLink is obvious to anyone who can see the potential for these technologies. For UTS, it is an opportunity to gain a front-of-line industry perspective in a nation recognised as one of the manufacturing powerhouses of the world; for BroadLink, it is an opportunity to learn from a university that leads the world in research and technological know-how.

Through an A$8 million gift from BroadLink to UTS, PhD candidates at UTS’s Faculty of Engineering and IT can be funded through a scholarship for a maximum of four years. The scholarship includes tuition fees and approximately A$40,000 per year for stipend and supervision costs for each candidate.

Candidates from both Australia and China may apply. In addition to UTS’s usual admission requirements, the thesis and research must be in the area of AI and IoT. UTS will also be working in consultation with BroadLink to approve the specific topics being researched.

The partnership between UTS and BroadLink is expected to fund 50 PhD candidates and also includes visits and an interchange of staff for research and teaching purposes, joint participation in internationally funded projects, and the exchange of information such as research publications.

“We are delighted to be working together with UTS to create a learning and working environment that benefits the future of our industry,” says BroadLink chairman, COO and co-founder, Bo Yao.

“UTS is committed to pursuing excellence in its research and innovative teaching methods, as well as producing global citizens who are ready to advance tomorrow’s industry needs. This partnership will go a long way towards realising that vision,” says UTS Deputy Vice-Chancellor and Vice-President (International and Advancement) Professor William Purcell.