31 July 2018
iPREP WA was established in 2014 as a partnership of all universities, coordinated by Edith Cowan University (ECU). The program involves interdisciplinary teams of PhD students working on six-week projects for industry, government and community partners. The teams focus on solving real commercial and community problems. Projects range across development of new product ideas, new ways of using existing products, evaluation of current service offerings, and prototyping and design.
Writing in the Australian Financial Review on March 18, 2018, BHERT Board Director and President / Vice-Chancellor of UNSW, Professor Ian Jacobs has called for significant new investment in non-medical research in Australia to take innovations to the development stage.
BHERT lauds the Australian Government scheme, the вЂњGlobal Talent SchemeвЂќ announced in March, which allows Australian startups to attract and retain key talent vital for their growth.
Cisco has partnered with the Australian Technology Network (ATN) through each of its member universities (RMIT, UniSA, Curtin, UTS and QUT) to create $7.5M in new university programs including an Internet of Things partnership, a CRC for Cybersecurity program at Edith Cowan University, and a digital health and cybersecurity Academy with Flinders University.
Global technology leader Siemens announced in November a $447 million grant to the University of Western Australia. The UWA announcement follows on from a similar grant made to Swinburne University of Technology
Siemens announced a grant to Swinburne University of Technology of $135 million of software to assist Swinburne develop its вЂњFactory of the FutureвЂќ, where students from apprentices to PhD level will be trained in application of the software.
Telstra named as Australia's most innovative company in The Australian Corporate Innovation Index, and The Venture Capital Effect Report of 2017.
RMIT University and the Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand (CAANZ) have presented a paper proposing innovation in management, finance, technology and accounting by business schools to promote better knowledge exchange and deeper relationships between universities and industry.
Australian research is world class and is often hugely influential in academic education circles. However little news of all of this gets into mainstream media in Australia and there is often no public discussion around it.
Think for a moment about the student experience. For all the research and emphasis on student engagement, university teaching and learning has not changed much. Teachers design and carry out curriculum, students do their best to learn it, and employers hope that at the end theyвЂ™ll have an exceptional and well-trained hire. WhatвЂ™s missing?
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