Dassault opens new office at the University of Adelaide

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The Hon Christopher Pyne MP

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15 May 2018

Australia’s Defence industry is set to benefit from a new partnership between the University of Adelaide and Dassault Systemes.

Minister for Defence Industry, the Hon Christopher Pyne MP, announced Dassault Systemes, an international aerospace and defence company, will open an office at the University of Adelaide campus—the first office to be co-located with an Australian university.

The office will be established under a collaboration agreement signed today between University Vice Chancellor, Professor Peter Rathjen, and Dassault Systemes Executive Vice President of Global Field Operations Asia/Oceania, Sylvain Laurent.

“This agreement is part of a growing partnership between Dassault and the University,” Minister Pyne said.

“It is aimed at increasing industry participation at the University, improving the student curriculum, giving them industry experience and helping to make them job-ready.”

The University of Adelaide has long and well-established links with Defence as its largest research partner with 157 agreements negotiated since July 2014, valued at $13 million.

“It is home to the Defence Research and Innovation Network which I had the pleasure to launch in November last year,” Minister Pyne said.

“It is also involved in projects under the Next Generation Technologies Fund, conducting ten early-stage research projects in areas relating to intelligence systems, trusted autonomy, autonomous tactical networks and unmanned vehicles.

“I congratulate Dassault Systemes and the University of Adelaide on this initiative.”

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