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Michael Lucas wins 2007 Jade Award

For your information, a news release about the winner of the 2007 Jade Award at LincolnUniversity, see below. The photograph attached shows Jade’s chief information officer John Ascroft presenting Michael Lucas with the 2007 Jade Prize



Lincoln University Student Michael Lucas wins 2007 Jade Award

Jade Software Corporation announced today that LincolnUniversitystudent Michael Lucas has won this year’s Jade Prize.

First offered in 1999, the Jade Prize is awarded annually to the student with the highest final mark in the software engineering course.  The course is delivered by Stuart Charters, a new lecturer from the UKand is offered as part of the recently revised Software and Information Technology degree.  The prize has a value of $2,000.

Jade’s chief information officer, John Ascroft, who is responsible for the Jade Higher Education programme said; “We congratulate Michael on winning the Jade Prize. This prize is one way Jade Software Corporation can recognise achievement and also invest in our future by encouraging students to study ICT and have a career in our industry.”

This year’s winner is an undergraduate in his second year of study towards a Bachelor of Software and Information Technology.

LincolnUniversityis a specialised university offering interdisciplinary qualifications spanning areas such as physical and biological sciences, commerce, agriculture, and the environment.   It is one of New Zealand’s oldest tertiary education institutions and has a student roll of around 4000 and academic staff of approximately 600.

At the undergraduate level, the University’s Applied Computing Group teaches computing techniques and skills that students can apply to real world problems. It offers subjects in programming, systems analysis, databases, hardware, operating systems, networking, end user computing and simulation.

The Applied Computing Group has strong links with the local computing industry and is actively involved in research and postgraduate teaching leading to honours, masters and PhD degrees.

Mr Ascroft said, “Jade has hired more than 30 graduates over the past two years, five of whom completed their studies at LincolnUniversity. With some 250 employees in New Zealand, Australia, the United Kingdomand the United States of America, the company is always looking to recruit students who have relevant ICT qualifications.”



Lincoln University enjoys a reputation for innovation and excellence in teaching and research in disciplines including business and management, software and technology, environmental management, social science and design; science and biosciences; tourism, recreation and sport management. Lincolnhas a lively campus, unique in size and location and well known as a friendly place to study. With the University’s interdisciplinary approach to teaching it equips graduates with qualifications that are internationally recognised.


LincolnUniversityis one of New Zealand’s oldest tertiary education institutions. Established in 1878 it is one of eight government universities in New Zealand. Lincolnis located 20 minutes drive from the city of Christchurch.



Jade Software Corporation (JSC) is a specialist technology services company with more than 25 years experience in helping organisations quickly respond to business, customer and supplier demands.


We create targeted solutions that enable responsive businesses to rapidly manage specific and complex information requirements. By combining our expertise and agile development methodology with the JADE™ technology platform, we’ve enabled customers worldwide to deliver business-critical information that provides strategic impact with the reliability and robustness that comes from a mainframe computing heritage.


More than 3,000 organisations across Europe, North Americaand Asia Pacific use JADE™ solutions to manage their specific information requirements. Our customers span multiple sectors, including logistics, shipping, finance and insurance, national security, health, education and human resource management, and enterprise risk assessment.


A privately owned New Zealandbased company, Jade has offices in New Zealand, Australia, the United Statesand the United Kingdom.




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