Event 27th May 2015

Inaugural EBS Awards

The Department of Econometrics and Business Statistics (EBS) held its first awards night earlier this month.

Held on 6 May, the inaugural EBS Awards night celebrated outstanding student achievements within the department, across units in econometrics, business statistics and actuarial science.

EBS Awards 2015

The event was attended by award recipients, their families, department staff and industry sponsors. Beginning with a networking session, students and their families were able to engage with faculty staff and industry leaders and gain a sense of the future career opportunities open to them. 

The guest speaker for the evening was Dr Philip Gould, Assistant Statistician of the Australian Bureau of Statistics. Dr Gould's address to the audience included a personal account of the opportunities he had received during his career due to his econometric training. He spoke about the high regard in which Monash econometrics was seen by industry and about the value placed by employers on econometric skills. He also spoke about the need to balance that with good communication skills.

The willingness of industry to engage with the department in this way is a testament to the value of quantitative skills in the job market and will inspire our students as they take their next steps into the future.

Professor Fashid Vahid

Head of Department, Econometrics and Business Statistics

Head of Department, Professor Farshid Vahid, announced each of the award recipients.

"The award night was supported by many sponsors including the Actuaries Institute, the International Institute of Forecasters, Amandha Ganegoda, Deloitte, Experian, Finity Consulting, Forethought, Medibank, Mercer, Quantium, Taylor Fry, and Towers Watson," Professor Vahid said.

"Our thanks go to them for supporting the department, the program and the students. The willingness of industry to engage with the department in this way is a testament to the value of quantitative skills in the job market and will inspire our students as they take their next steps into the future." 

The EBS Awards night is set to become an annual event.

This article has appeared on Monash News.