New academy increases quantum research in Sydney

Professor Michael Bremner, centre, with Ryan Mann, left, and Alexis Shaw in the UTS Faculty of Engineering and IT. Photo: CQC2T.

Four NSW universities have joined forces to establish the Sydney Quantum Academy (SQA).

The SQA allows students, academics and industry to collaborate on quantum research and help train the next generation of engineers and scientists in quantum computing.

The Academy is the initiative of University of Technology Sydney (UTS), University of Sydney, University of NSW and Macquarie University.

It will enable discoveries in a diverse field including quantum algorithms and software, quantum theory and the development of quantum hardware.

It will also help train the next generation of engineers and scientists in quantum computing, cementing Sydney’s place as the leading global city for quantum technology and ensuring NSW is a world centre for jobs in the emerging quantum economy.

The Academy has received the backing of the NSW Government with a pledge of $15.4 million.

The funding, combined with current university and future industry support, means the total investment in the Sydney Quantum Academy will be up to $35 million.

The Academy will develop the industry, attract talent and investment in Australia and internationally, and promote an understanding about quantum computing, simulation and software for local and global companies that want to use these emergent technologies.

The Academy will:

  • Encourage students to collaborate and train across the four universities;
  • Directly link students to industry through internships and research;
  • Support the development of quantum technology businesses; and
  • Promote Sydney as a global leader in quantum computing.

The four universities are already deeply involved in developing quantum technology, through the ARC Centre for Engineered Quantum Systems (EQUS) and the ARC Centre for Quantum Computation & Communication Technology (CQC2T) harnessing academic talent from all four institutions.