RMIT University is
joining forces with the Defence Department and the University of Melbourne to
collaborate on projects aimed at strengthening Australia’s capabilities in
The arrangement will
be formalised in a Memorandum of Understanding between the two universities,
taking place at the Australian International Airshow, Avalon, near Melbourne.
Under the agreement,
RMIT will participate in projects being conducted by the Defence Science
Institute, a research body established by the University of Melbourne and the
Defence Science and Technology Organisation, with funding from the Victorian
The DSI was launched
in 2010, with the aim of using cross-disciplinary research to solve complex,
long-term challenges for the Australian Defence Force – and thereby “future
proof” the nation’s capabilities in defence science.
It is currently undertaking
world-class research in several critical scientific and engineering areas
relevant to defence, and this is where the new collaboration with RMIT is
expected to add particular value.
expect there will be a particularly close relationship between the Institute
and our Applied Science and Engineering Schools and in particular the School of
Aerospace, Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering,” Professor Daine Alcorn
Alcorn, RMIT Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Research and Innovation, and Vice
President, said the University was a repository of high-level engineering
expertise in areas important to defence.
“It’s good for all parties, including our students who benefit
from these relationships both during their education and upon graduation when
they enter the job market.”
The Victorian Government has commended the DSI
"Victoria's strong research and development
base is crucial for maintaining an agile, innovative and responsive defence
industry,” the Minister for Manufacturing, Exports and Trade, Richard