The University of Sydney has become Australia’s first university to join the Airbus Global University Partner Program – a global network of universities to develop engineering and technology specialists of the future.
The partnership between Airbus and the University of Sydney’s faculty of engineering and information technologies will the two organisations to collaborate in funding students and activities enabling participation in innovation programs at Airbus facilities around the world, where students can use their university learning to tackle industry challenges and learn more about the aeronautical industry.
The partnership will also give the University of Sydney’s aerospace, mechanical and mechatronics engineering students access to Airbus’ 100-strong campus team; and allow students to partake in global exchanges such as the annual Airbus Airnovation Summer Academy.
The program currently covers 22 universities in 11 countries, each of which is supported by an Airbus employee acting as an ambassador for the company.
The University of Sydney’s faculty of engineering and information technologies dean, Professor Willy Zwaenepoel said the new partnership will complement what students learn on campus.
“This program will give students best available insights into the opportunities available in the aviation and aerospace industries,” he said.
“It’s a two-way street. The University’s mechanical, aeronautical and manufacturing engineering program is the highest-ranked in Australia. We’re confident Airbus will benefit from having access to talented students who are learning about the latest research in areas ranging from aerospace structures to flight guidance, navigation and control.”
Mal Benfer, vice-president Airbus Australia Pacific, said: “It is great to see the University of Sydney included in this international collaboration effort from Airbus.”
University of Sydney’s vice-chancellor and principal Dr Michael Spence yesterday signed the partnership agreement with Airbus Australia Pacific vice president capability, Malcolm Benfer in Sydney.
The signing ceremony in Sydney will be followed by a formal signing in November at the Zhuhai Air Show in China and will mark the commencement of the Airbus Global Partner Program.