New program will allow Australian research students gain experience in France

The program would allow Australian research students the opportunity to work within French universities in close collaboration with Airbus.

Australia’s eight leading research universities – the Group of Eight (Go8) – today signed a letter of intent to establish two-way pilot research mobility program with France.

The intention is to develop a pilot program that will allow Go8 research students the opportunity to work within French universities in close collaboration with Airbus. The program would offer similar opportunities for French students in Australia.

The intention is to develop a pilot program, based on the Nicolas Baudin internship in France initiative launched in 2017, that will target the Defence sector, according to a statement on Go8 website.

“The Go8, which represents Australia’s leading research-intensive universities, is extremely pleased to have secured such strong interest in developing an agreement. Our aim is to deliver our research students industrial research experience in France,” said Vicki Thomson, Go8 chief executive.

“We appreciate the Airbus faith in the quality of Go8 students, and we are sure of achieving positive outcomes,” she said. “We are also positive other companies will join Airbus in supporting the program.”

The letter of intent was signed by Go8 chair, Professor Ian Jacobs who is vice chancellor of UNSW Sydney and major French company Airbus in Paris today. Their signatures join that of Christophe Penot, Ambassador of France to Australia, who signed the letter last week in Australia.

Incorporated in 1999, the Go8 comprises Australia’s eight leading research Universities – The University of Melbourne, The Australian National University, The University of Sydney, The University of Queensland, The University of Western Australia, The University of Adelaide, Monash University and UNSW Sydney.

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