19 January 2018


Canberra, 19 January, 2017 – University of Canberra student Andrew Duck is jetting off to the USA later this month to undertake three weeks of training at international IT firm Pega’s global headquarters. This will be followed by a 12 month placement at Australian Government agency IP Australia to apply his newly learnt skills.

IP Australia, PEGA and University of Canberra collaborated in a partnership between the education, business and government sectors to deliver the ‘PEGA graduate program’ and increase the number of PEGA qualified Australians.  The University of Canberra put the PEGA syllabus into its ICT courses (Bachelor of Information Technology, Bachelor of Software Engineering and Bachelor of Engineering in Network and Software Engineering) and delivered it to 22 participants in mid-2017. Based on the success of 2017 initiative, the graduate program will continue in 2018.

The partnership enabled the University of Canberra to incorporate Pega’s University Academic Program (UAP) curriculum into the university’s ICT courses, specifically the unit, ‘Advances in Information Sciences’. This allows UC students to develop the skills demanded by Global 3000 customers – some of the largest in the world - and help ensure they are well-prepared for professional IT certification.

Director General of IP Australia, Patricia Kelly said, “IP Australia seeks to exploit new technology to provide better services for our customers and tools for our staff.  We need a skilled technological workforce to do this and we are pleased to collaborate with Pegasystems and the University of Canberra to help develop that workforce. We look forward to welcoming Andrew Duck to our team on his return from specialist training in the US.”

Luke McCormack, Vice President of Pegasystems Asia Pacific, said, “Andrew is thrilled to be our inaugural graduate. With mentoring from senior staff, international travel and the opportunity to develop his expertise implementing real digital transformation projects, the program will equip him with the skills we believe are essential for our growing workforce in this field. We are looking forward to working with Andrew in the New Year and wish him all the best.”

Professor Elisa Martinez-Marroquin, Acting Dean of UC’s Faculty of Science and Technology, said, “This is an exciting partnership in which industry, government, and the University meet to ensure our ICT graduates are job-ready. Graduates will be exposed to a variety of real-world settings that will let them practice what they’ve learned in the classroom and develop critical skills.”

Mr Duck studied a Bachelor of Engineering in Network and Software Engineering (Honours) at the University of Canberra.


About University of Canberra

The University of Canberra is a world-ranked institution located in the nation’s capital.  The University’s Strategic Plan outlines its vision to become a distinctive community for lifelong learning, serving as a beacon of sustainable, smart and connected living.

The University is ranked among the world’s top 100 universities under the age of 50 and the top two per cent of universities overall in the 2017 Times Higher Education Young University Rankings and 2018 QS World University Rankings. It is also ranked in the top 100 Asia-Pacific universities, and is 30th in the world for Gen-Y Universities.University of Canberra computing and information systems graduates also rank in the top two nationally for employment according to the 2017 Quality Indicators for Learning and Teaching (QILT) report.

About Pegasystems

Pegasystems (NASDAQ: PEGA) develops strategic applications for marketing, sales, service, and operations. Pega’s applications streamline critical business operations, connect enterprises to their customers seamlessly in real-time across channels, and adapt to meet rapidly changing requirements. Pega’s Global 3000 customers include many of the world’s most sophisticated and successful enterprises. Pega’s applications, available in the cloud or on-premises, are built on its unified Pega® Platform, which uses visual tools to easily extend and change applications to meet clients’ strategic business needs. Pega’s clients report that Pega gives them the fastest time to value, extremely rapid deployment, efficient re-use, and global scale. For more information, please visit us at

About IP Australia

IP Australia is the Australian Government agency that administers IP rights and legislation relating to patents, trade marks, designs and plant breeder's rights. It contributes to the innovation system more broadly by using its specialist skills and experience to assist Australian businesses to make the most of their IP and to provide advice to government. Learn more at