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VU launches SAP Next-Gen Lab

Victoria University in collaboration with enterprise software corporation SAP is launching Australia’s first SAP Next-Gen Lab, which will create vital connections between students and industry, as well as building the digital skills needed to solve 21st-century business problems.

Situated in the heart of Melbourne at VU’s City Flinders Campus, the SAP Next-Gen Lab is a relaxed space designed to encourage collaboration and innovation, where VU’s Master of Business students can draw on SAP’s capabilities and the latest technology.

SAP Leonardo – SAP’s digital innovation portfolio of the latest technologies such as Machine Learning, Artificial Intelligence, Internet of Things, Blockchain and Big Data – will underpin the work carried out by the students in the Next-Gen Lab.

Already a world-leading institution in Enterprise Resource Planning systems education, the Next-Gen Lab confirms VU’s global reputation as a university that prepares and delivers industry-ready graduates.

Proven successful in universities across China, the UK, Germany and the US, the SAP Lab will:

  • connect companies recruiting next-generation leaders with students and graduates who have specific digital-transformation knowledge and skills
  • showcase startups with corporations seeking to seed disruptive innovation
  • enable students to work on SAP Next-Gen projects with industry partners, including SAP customers.

“We are delighted and honoured that the first SAP Next-Gen Lab will be based at VU. This is yet another opportunity to build on our ongoing partnership for the benefit of our students. VU graduates will have unique skills and industry connections that will make them stand out to business and technology providers.”
Professor Colin Clark — Dean, College of Business, Victoria University

Providing semester one VU Masters of ERP and Business Analytics students with a project task is O-I Glass, the world’s leading glass bottle and jar manufacturer, which has 75 production plants in 21 countries, and employs 21,000 people.

“O-I is extremely pleased to have an ongoing partnership with Victoria University and the Next-Gen Lab. We believe highly inquisitive, capable and creative minds will genuinely assist in solving real business challenges.”
Mr Simon Cowl – VP Human Resources, Asia Pacific

VU students and the University's SAP connections welcome the development.

“VU really prepared me for the workforce because, beyond the theory, I developed presentation skills and a deep understanding of organisational change management, which is integral to my role.”
Ms The Su Soe — VU alumna, Master of Business, Victoria University

“I could not think of a more appropriate institution with which we launch our first Next-Gen Lab here in Australia. What excites me most about VU is its mission to be a great university of the 21st century, underpinned by personalised, flexible and industry-relevant learning opportunities.

“By opening new channels for VU students to share and collaborate with other thought leaders in academia and industry, this partnership provides the opportunity for them to harness the technologies and innovation driving the digital transformation of industries today."
Mr Bruce McKinnon — Head of Digital Business Services, SAP Australia and New Zealand

SAP innovations help 378,000 customers worldwide to work together more efficiently and use business insight more effectively. This partnership will help build innovations linked to the 17 UN Global Goals, including sustained economic growth.

Media contacts

To arrange an interview with Professor Colin Clark - Dean, College of Business or Dr Scott Bingley - Director, SAP Next-Gen Lab contact:

Frances Atkinson – External Communications VU
Phone: 9919 4061
Email: frances.atk[email protected]

To arrange an interview with Mr Bruce McKinnon – Head of Digital Business Services, SAP Australia and New Zealand contact:

Georgina Bonner – Head of External Communications, SAP Australia and New Zealand
Phone: 02 9935 4401
Mobile: 0430 756 469
Email: [email protected]

About SAP

As market leader in enterprise application software, SAP (NYSE: SAP) helps companies of all sizes and industries run better. From back office to boardroom, warehouse to storefront, desktop to mobile device – SAP empowers people and organisations to work together more efficiently and use business insight more effectively to stay ahead of the competition. SAP applications and services enable more than 378,000 business and public sector customers to operate profitably, adapt continuously, and grow sustainably. For more information, visit

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