Future shines bright for Radio Communications Industry

On the 29th July 2009, Brett Smythe, Managing Director for Asia Pacific at Tait Radio Communications presented the inaugural Sir Angus Tait Memorial Scholarship to SECE Communications Engineering student, Mr Thau Thai (top) and to TAFE Engineering Associate Degree student, Nick Kelly (bottom).

The scholarship is jointly funded by Tait and the Australian Radio Communication Industry Association (ARCIA) and is intended to provide encouragement to a student actively pursuing study leading to a career in radio communications engineering, at Advanced Diploma level or higher.nick kelly

The initiative began in 2008 at an industry event in Melbourne where Tait made the pledge to provide funding for a scholarship, and provided the funding to ARCIA to administer the award. ARCIA then matched the funding to allow two recipients to be awarded in 2009. This is just one of the many achievements that ARCIA has made in recent times, in addition to their notable representation of a united industry voice in submissions to the ACMA regarding changes to spectrum management.

Sir Angus Tait had an unbridled passion for radio, commencing in his schoolboy days, and culminating in the formation of Tait Electronics Ltd. His philosophy was "Our technology is our sword – we keep it sharp and bright".  Sir Angus Tait recognised that those students of today with a passion for communications are our future, and took pride in promoting and supporting technical education in New Zealand.

"In his memory, it is hoped that this scholarship in Sir Angus Tait's name, will gives some inspiration to the recipients in their careers in radio communications, and the opportunity in the future to develop technology which is both sharp and bright," says Brett Smythe.

"Both scholarship recipients have achieved outstanding grades in there studies, and are well regarded by those that have made their acquaintance," commented Bob Rogers, chair of the ARCIA education subcommittee. "Both have 'the passion', and want to pursue a career in radio communications."

Tait has also donated P25 digital radios to the RMIT (Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology) laboratory valued at $12,000, to ensure that the students are able to study some of the latest technology in the industry.

In May 2009 the Melbourne industry gathered again in what is now set to be an annual event to pledge continued support for education in 2010, including raising a $2100 donation to the Smith Family Learning for Life Program.

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