Swinburne Uni joins Manufacturing Council

Swinburne University of Technology vice-chancellor Linda Kristjanson has been appointed to the Victorian Manufacturing Council.

The VMC provides advice to the VIC Government on issues affecting the manufacturing sector, and Kristjanson said the appointment was a “great opportunity” to use Swinburne’s research to help solve problems in the industry.

In a statement Swinburne University said it was the first tertiary institution to become involved in the VMC.

The university is currently developing a $100 million Advanced Manufacturing and Design Centre, due for completion in late 2013, which will help develop skills and research in the manufacturing industry.

Swinburne also hosts the Australian Advanced manufacturing Research Centre, a joint venture with Boeing, as well as a number of other materials and manufacturing research centres.

"Swinburne's approach to manufacturing is inherently multi-disciplinary and driven by our close and enduring partnerships with industry," Kristjanson said.

While Swinburne continues to expand its efforts in the sector, RMIT University last week dropped plans to host a TAFE course aimed at training manufacturing workers due to a lack of interest.