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Nova Systems, U of South Australia collaborate on boosting capabilities in key technology areas


By David Schwartz
Published: April 6th, 2021

Engineering services provider Nova Systems and the University of South Australia (UniSA) have committed to explore collaboration in an effort to support Australia’s growing space, defense and national security capabilities. The two parties signed a Memorandum of Understanding last week to partner over the next five years on building industries critical to the Australian economy.

The deal is focused on growing the future pipeline of engineers and conducting industry and academic exchanges in emerging technology areas, with a particular emphasis on defense, national security and space.

The MoU calls for collaboration in several areas:

  • Staff and student placement opportunities including options to grow Nova’s Graduate Program.
  • Research and technology development focused on defense, national security and space.
  • Joint development of training, education and short courses in support of defense, national security, and space industries.

Nova Group CEO Jim McDowell said the signing strengthens the existing relationship between the organizations and would help develop the future workforce for emerging technologies.

“As a 100% 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.”

UniSA Vice Chancellor David Lloyd said the MoU would enable collaboration on world-class research while providing employment opportunities for graduates. “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,” Lloyd said. “The defense 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 defense workforce for the future. This partnership will provide a great opportunity for our students to gain industry experience, for the defense industry to benefit from our world-class defense research, and for our academics to embed themselves in the industry.”

Source: Mirage News

Posted under: University-Industry Engagement Week

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