Satyam to build software development centre in Australia

April 14th, 2008 - 1:45 pm ICT by admin  

By Neena Bhandari
Sydney, April 14 (IANS) India’s IT major Satyam Computer Services will build a new software development and training campus, creating 2,000 jobs, in the cosmopolitan town of Geelong in Australia’s Victoria state. Speaking at the future site of the development at Deakin University’s Geelong campus Monday, Satyam founder and chairman Ramalinga Raju said: “We are delighted to be able to announce Geelong as the location of the new Satyam Technology and Learning Centre and we look forward to cultivating new friendships with Victoria and Australia.”

Geelong is located 70 km southwest of Melbourne, the capital of the state of Victoria.

State of Victoria’s Premier John Brumby said the centre was expected to boost the state’s economy by around Australian $175 million ($161 million) annually within a decade.

Brumby said: “Satyam’s decision showcases what Victoria and regional centres like Geelong have to offer big business. This is great news for the people of Geelong and Victorians generally. This new project will more than double the current number of Satyam jobs in Australia.”

The new centre will mirror the company’s campus-like facilities at the head office in Hyderabad and feature facilities for training, research and development, a convention centre and housing.

Satyam will source around 70 percent of all recruits for the new Geelong centre from Victorian and Australian universities. The company has laid major emphasis on local employment generation and today over 42 percent of associates in Australia are local nationals.

It will train and employ local ICT professionals to develop and provide end-to-end IT solutions for Satyam’s 570 customers including Coles Myer, Medibank, National Australia Bank (NAB), Nestl

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