Deakin University has confirmed its leading position at the digital frontier by receiving two awards at the Wharton-QS Stars Awards 2015: Reimagine Education event in Philadelphia, USA.
The awards are the ‘Oscars’ of innovation in higher education, with 560 submissions from universities and enterprises from 31 countries assessed by a panel of international experts.
Deakin scooped first place in the ICT Support and Services Award category for the implementation of its ground-breaking cognitive computing platform IBM Watson.
The first university in the world to introduce IBM Watson cognitive computing technologies, Deakin has progressed the use of Watson, expanding its capabilities and teaching the system to understand new sources of information.
The award for Watson comes just a week after Deakin received a prestigious Victorian International Education Award for Excellence in Innovation in Industry Partnerships for its strong partnership with IBM.
At the Reimagine Education event, Deakin also attained third place in the Oceania Regional Award category for its implementation of Deakin Anywhere, an innovative and integrated set of communication, productivity and collaboration tools that allow students, researchers and staff to study and work wherever they choose or need to be.
In an industry first, Deakin has implemented Lync 2013, Microsoft 2013 and SharePoint 2013 alongside cloud services including Office 365 and Yammer as part of its portfolio.
Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Education) Professor Beverley Oliver said the implementation of IBM Watson and Deakin Anywhere placed the university at the cutting edge of digital productivity.
‘Receiving two Reimagine Education awards and a prestigious Victorian International Education Award is a nod to Deakin’s tireless efforts to push the digital boundaries to make the student experience the very best it can be,’ Professor Oliver said.