A new Defence Research Institute aimed at delivering world-class research to enhance Australia’s security has been launched by the University of New South Wales (UNSW) Canberra.
The UNSW Defence Research Institute will draw on the expertise of researchers from UNSW Sydney and Canberra, to provide Defence with solutions to real-life issues. The institute was officially launched by UNSW president and vice-chancellor Professor Ian Jacobs.
"World-class defence starts with world-class research," Professor Jacobs said. "UNSW Canberra has 50 years' experience partnering with Defence and a 50-year history of excelling in research. The UNSW Defence Research Institute will combine our strengths and lead the way for the next 50 years and beyond."
Professor Jacobs said the institute’s knowledge across a range of sectors will be shared with communities across academia, government and industry, as well as global policy makers.
"UNSW excels in areas such as cyber security, space, systems engineering, artificial intelligence, logistics, hypersonics, defence-related public sector management and conflict studies," he said
"We are making our expertise available for others to learn."
The university is now looking for a director to lead the institute and will also hire 33 new academics during the next 12 months.
UNSW Canberra rector Professor Michael Frater said the UNSW Defence Research Institute will shine a light on the ground-breaking research conducted by the university’s academic staff.
"UNSW Canberra is one of the world’s leading research institutions, a pioneer in defence studies and a global leader in cyber security education," Professor Frater said.
"It’s the natural home for Australia’s largest university driven defence research institute."