Flinders University and the University of Rhode Island (URI) have formalised a research and education partnership that aims to bolster Australia’s efforts to produce the skilled workforce needed to deliver on the AUKUS security pact.
The Memorandum of Understanding will position URI as the US university leader in support of AUKUS, whilst allowing for collaborative research and education programs, information sharing, relationship building with governments and industry, as well as potential joint events or workshops to drive innovation.
URI is globally renowned for its strengths in oceanography and ocean engineering, as well as for having notable defence-related university-industry partnerships, a collaboration with the U.S. Navy, and for being home to the National Institute for Undersea Vehicle Technologies.
Flinders University President and Vice-Chancellor Professor Colin Stirling said the university is looking forward to working with the University of Rhode Island to support both nations.
“The AUKUS nuclear-powered submarine program is an unparalleled advanced manufacturing opportunity that will be Australia’s biggest defence investment,” said Professor Stirling.
“Flinders University is internationally recognised as a leader in advanced manufacturing capability at our innovation campus at Tonsley in Adelaide, South Australia – home to the world’s first fully integrated Factory of the Future and Technical College.
“Our historic partnership with the University of Rhode Island complements our strengths in modern manufacturing and brings some of the world’s best nuclear education and research programs to Australia.”
President of the University of Rhode Island Professor Marc Parlange explained their researchers are committed to addressing pressing issues facing the sector.
“This research partnership with Flinders University will advance our strategic priorities to collaborate globally; create connecting points for communities, companies, and government agencies; and drive innovation that has a meaningful impact on society,” said Professor Parlange.
The signing of this agreement coincides with another between Flinders and the University of Manchester – the UK’s lead university in the Nuclear Technology Education Consortium – which will deliver its nuclear masters and doctoral-level research training in South Australia to build capacity for the defence industry.
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Image: University of Rhode Island President Professor Marc Parlange (seated, left) and Flinders University President and Vice Chancellor Professor Colin Stirling (seated, right) formalize a research and education partnership in support of AUKUS. (URI Photo/Nora Lewis).