Nova and University of South Australia enter agreement for defence and space research.
Nova Systems and the University of South Australia have entered into a memorandum of understanding (MoU) this week to collaborate further on areas of interest for both South Australia and the nation, including defence and space.
It is hoped that the MoU will allow Nova and the University to undertake a series of placements across the industry and academia to foster future industry experts.
They hope to collaborate in student work placements, research and industry relevant training.
Jim McDowell, CEO of Nova Group, welcomed the agreement and expressed that the agreement would broaden the capabilities of university graduates.
“As a 100 per cent Australian owned and operated engineering services and technology solutions company, we are invested in working closely with academia to grow and sustain local smarts to solve complex challenges and keep our world safe and secure,” McDowell said.
“This initiative will provide more opportunities for young Australians to gain industry insight, while at the same time studying at university, furthering the Australian government’s efforts to create and sustain a local workforce of the future.
“By exchanging ideas and sharing best practice, students will gain new ideas about how to convert their learnings into practical solutions to support future capability requirements in the defence, national security and space domains.”
Professor David Lloyd, vice chancellor of the University of South Australia, welcomed the research opportunities presented by the agreement.
“With Nova being one of Australia’s leading engineering services and technology companies and UniSA a leader in the sector for industry engagement, it makes sense for us to work together,’’ Professor Lloyd said.
“The defence industry is a critical part of the South Australian economy – it’s essential that, as a university, we work closely with industry to educate a local, high-tech defence workforce for the future.
“This partnership will provide a great opportunity for our students to gain industry experience, for the defence industry to benefit from our world-class defence research, and for our academics to embed themselves in the industry.”
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