\u201cWe need to constantly be looking to bringing new talent to the business in whatever way we can and one of the ways which we can facilitate that is by working closely with universities,\u201d says Jo-Anne Ruhl, managing director Asia Pacific for Infor.\nRuhl says technology companies like Infor can help universities shape their courses so that they are more in tune with businesses' needs today.\nShe is also looking at running more internship and graduate programs in New Zealand and Australia, and bringing similar learning programs Infor has started across the globe.\nOne of these is the \u2018Green Bean Program\u2019, an \u201cinternal accelerated learning experience\u201d for new university graduates with limited business experience.\nThe participants are partnered with trainers and assigned a specially certified mentor to provide business professionalism coaching and individualised career planning across 18 months. Initiated in 2008, more than 500 individuals worldwide have successfully completed the program.\n The young people of today have grown up in a world where everything is possible\u2026 Their frame of reference is so wide. Jo-Anne Ruhl, Infor\nAnother program is the Internship and Educational Alliance Programs launched by Infor CEO Charles Phillips late last year. This program is available to three groups \u2013 educational institutions, not for profits, and industry associations.\nThe program includes scholarships, internships, software and training materials for professors to use in the classroom and laboratory work, and the building of centres of excellence for research.\n\n\u201cIn all my past experiences with different companies, you get the most benefit from having graduates who bring fresh thinking into the organisation,\u201d says Ruhl, who was vice president Asia Pacific for Oracle, before she joined Infor over a year ago.\n\u201cThe great thing about young people today is they have grown up in a world where everything is possible,\u201d she adds. \u201cYou can get on a computer and you would be talking to someone in Russia in the middle of the night playing a game. Their frame of reference is so wide.\u201d\nShe says her focus on training the next generation of skilled staff is one of the reasons why Infor\u2019s sponsorship of The Crusaders includes a University Rugby Scholarship.\nThe first scholar, Matt Morrison, a mechanical engineering student at the University of Canterbury, attended the ceremony in Christchurch announcing Infor\u2019s four-year partnership with the most successful team in Super Rugby history.\n\nMorrison is looking to being selected for the 2015 Canterbury U19 team, with the ultimate goal of making the New Zealand U20 team in 2016 and a future in professional rugby.\n\nShe says Infor aims to get a scholar every year. Aside from the financial support, she says the scholars will be given the chance to work at Infor or projects for its customers during the school breaks.\n\u201cIt is one way we can continue to show our support for the city, the region and the rebuild of the city following the devastating earthquakes in 2010 and 2011,\u201d says Ruhl.\nRuhl was completing her doctorate in law when she was asked to work on a software project. She decided she wanted to do that and started as a junior business analyst at a software company.\n\nThe Captain's Run followed the program launching Infor\u2019s four-year partnership with the Crusaders\n\u201cAny field of study is never a loss if it teaches you how to think, reason and learn,\u201d she says on how she felt leaving the legal profession. She says having the ability to adopt and do new things, and welcome change \u201chas given me a career that is sensational\u201d.\nSend news tips and comments to firstname.lastname@example.org\nFollow Divina Paredes on Twitter: @divinap\nFollow CIO New Zealand on Twitter:@cio_nz\nSign up for CIO newsletters for regular updates on CIO news, views and events.\nJoin us on Facebook.