UNSW launches Defence Research Institute to enhance Australia’s security

Lachlan Roberts 19 February 2018
President and Vice-Chancellor, Ian Jacobs, and Rector, Professor Michael Frater, at the launch. Photo: Supplied.

President and Vice-Chancellor Ian Jacobs, and Rector, Professor Michael Frater, at the launch. Photo: Supplied.

The University of New South Wales launched the Defence Research Institute last Friday (16th February), which will deliver world-class defence research to help Australia’s security.

Headquartered at UNSW Canberra, the institute was officially launched by UNSW Vice-Chancellor Ian Jacobs, ahead of celebrations at Parliament House marking the 50th anniversary of educating Australia’s future military leaders.

The UNSW Defence Research Institute will draw on the expertise of researchers from the University of New South Wales in Sydney and Canberra to provide Defence with solutions to issues such as communications, cybersecurity, and logistics.

Professor Jacobs said that a world-class defence starts with world-class research.

“UNSW Canberra has 50-years of experience partnering with Defence and a 50-year history of excelling in research,” Mr Jacobs said.

“The UNSW Defence Research Institute will combine our strengths and lead the way for the next 50 years and beyond.”

Professor Jacobs says the institute’s knowledge will be shared with communities across academia, government and industry, as well as global policymakers.

“UNSW excels in areas such as cybersecurity, space, systems engineering, artificial intelligence, logistics, hypersonics, defence-related public sector management and conflict studies,” he said.

“We are making our expertise available for others to learn.”

The search is now on for a director to lead the institute.

UNSW Canberra Rector Professor Michael Frater says the UNSW Defence Research Institute will shine a light on the ground-breaking research conducted by the university’s academic staff.

“UNSW Canberra is one of the world’s leading research institutions, a pioneer in defence studies and a global leader in cybersecurity education,” Professor Frater said.

“It’s the natural home for Australia’s largest university driven defence research institute.”

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