A global tier-one defence company that has been in Australia for 65 years, BAE Systems will build a state-of-the-art manufacturing and innovation centre at Fishermans Bend should it be selected to supply the Australian Army with its AMV35 Combat Reconnaissance Vehicle (CRV). The University of Melbourne late last year announced it will establish a new Engineering Faculty in the technology hub at Fishermans Bend.
As part of the MoU, students at the University of Melbourne would gain access to equipment, data and testing facilities at the BAE Systems Fishermans Bend facility and leverage BAE System’s global activities, networks and early careers programs.
The two organisations have agreed to consider opportunities to collaborate in relations to graduate placement, internships, research and development activities and sharing of facilities (real estate and tools and equipment).
BAE Systems Australia CEO Gabby Costigan said: “This presents a unique opportunity for our two organisations to build on existing relationships to collaborate and build the skills for Australia’s future workforce. We are already working with the University of Melbourne on hypersonics, autonomy guidance and control capabilities and recently jointly bid into the Trusted Autonomy CRC.
“BAE Systems provides some of the world’s most advanced, technology-led defence, aerospace and security solutions and by partnering with universities we will enable students to leverage our world-class expertise and build the skilled workforce for the future. We hope that many Australian students will also benefit from this.
University of Melbourne Vice Chancellor Glynn Davis said: “This announcement makes the new campus at Fishermans Bend an even more attractive proposition for students. It will be a unique and world-leading opportunity.”
“This agreement builds on the University of Melbourne and BAE Systems’ current relationships with academia and industry both in Australia and around the world and provides a solid platform for future research and collaboration.”
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Lauren Kilsby
BAE Systems Australia

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