Defence and local industry workforce benefits from international university collaboration
2 April 2013
The Defence Systems Innovation Centre (DSIC) is pleased to announce that University College London (UCL) has joined as an Affiliate Partner. This partnership will enable DSIC and UCL to collaborate on research and training opportunities for the Australian Defence community. Furthermore, the collaboration will help to increase the access of the Australian Defence Community to global best practice and expertise.
“DSIC is pleased to be able to bring on board University College London Australia as an Affiliate Partner as it enables us to draw on its broad expertise and in particular UCL’s Systems Engineering research and training capabilities. This will further improve our mission of de-risking current and future Defence programs by helping to ensure the Australian defence community has access to global best practice and expertise. So we are excited by this collaboration,” says Dr Sanjay Mazumdar, CEO DSIC.
UCL Australia Chief Executive, David Travers says the new affiliate partnership will allow UCL to initially explore training and research opportunities with DSIC and the Australian defence community.
“UCL enjoys a good relationship in England with many of the UK defence companies which are already in South Australia, including BAE Systems and Ultra Electronics. We hope our expertise in areas such as systems engineering could support projects such as the SEA 1000 (future submarine) program,” Mr Travers says.
Minister for Employment, Higher Education and Skills, Hon Grace Portolesi MP says “this partnership provides an outstanding opportunity to further strengthen South Australia position as a hub for research excellence in defence. This partnership between UCL and the Defence Systems Innovation Centre will further improve our capacity in this field and provide a further boost to existing partnerships between local institutions and industry.”
The Defence Systems Innovation Centre (DSIC) is a national centre established to help Defence and Industry to address challenges associated with Defence’s strategy of a networked battlespace by drawing upon the advanced research capability in Systems Engineering, Network Communications and Information Management in the University of South Australia, University of Adelaide and University of NSW. In particular, DSIC has been focused on bringing together the expertise of the national and international applied research and training community with industry experienced practitioners to help de-risk current and future Defence programs.
Consistently ranked in the world’s top five best universities, UCL established its first overseas campus in Adelaide in 2010. UCL (Australia) now includes the UCL School of Energy and Resources, Australia, the UCL International Energy Policy Institute and an office of the UCL Mullard Space Science Laboratory.
UCL was founded in 1826 and counts 21 Nobel Prize winners among past and present alumni.
Ironically, two of Adelaide’s streets were named after members of UCL’s original council. George Grote, an English classical historian, and Henry Brougham, the First Baron and Vaux who eventually became Lord Chancellor.