'Exciting plans ahead' says new KIOSC Director

KIOSC’s new Director, Zoran Vasic, is bringing increased industry emphasis and relevance to KIOSC* learning programs and its future direction.

A STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) Discovery and Trade Training Centre situated at Swinburne University of Technology in Wantirna, KIOSC delivers learning programs designed to give students relevant industry and labour market knowledge plus links to information about further study, careers and employment pathways.

The programs are introduced early enough in their education for students to find where they belong, increasing the likelihood that they continue into vocational training or higher education on their way to fulfilling futures.

Zoran brings connections in industrial research and the commercialisation of technologies to his new role through work as a physicist in biomaterials development, and also in flexible electronics device research at the CSIRO and the Melbourne Centre for Nanofabrication in Clayton. Zoran also has experience in STEM course development and education outreach from his time at John Monash Science School and the Australian Synchrotron.

“Swinburne University, DET (Department of Education and Training) and Knox City Council are very enthusiastic about meeting current and future workforce needs by encouraging pathways into local industry that suit both the business and student, through relevant STEM discovery, industry taster and VET in Schools programs,” said Zoran.

“KIOSC is a specialist in the delivery of these experiences, having been the model for the DET $128 million Tech Schools initiative for the establishment of 10 emerging technology education centres across the state in recent years.”

Knox City Council’s Economic Development team will be a major resource in connecting KIOSC to local business through introductions and events, generating future partnerships for the development of relevant learning programs.

KIOSC is also refreshing its governance to include more industry leadership, which will bring resources, connections and additional business intelligence to the table.

“We are very excited to be expanding KIOSC’s role in introducing young people to the STEM, 21st century skills and capabilities necessary for the future workforce,” Zoran added.

To connect as a business friend or partner of KIOSC please send an email introduction to zvasic@swin.edu.au

* The Knox Innovation, Opportunity and Sustainability Centre



KIOSC services a consortium of six local schools that delivered over 8000 student days in 2018 through its discovery programs and industry taster days. This year, 500 students are enrolled in the VET in Schools (VETis) program.

Article from May 2019 Knox Business Life