Swinburne awarded $40M for manufacturing
Date posted: Friday 18 Jun 2010
Swinburne University of Technology has been awarded $40 million from the Federal Government to go towards a state-of-the-art Advanced Manufacturing Centre (AMC) at its Hawthorn campus.
The funding, which was announced today by the Minister for Education, Julia Gillard and Minister for Innovation, Industry, Science and Research, Senator Kim Carr, will provide a significant contribution to the $100 million centre.
According to Swinburne Vice-Chancellor Professor Ian Young the AMC will be a hub for researchers and industry to carry our world-leading research, education and training in advanced manufacturing.
“The facility will build strong links across the Higher Education, research, vocational training and manufacturing sectors. Equipment, knowledge and commercial outcomes will be shared and joint ventures and collaborations will be developed.
“This will enhance Australia’s ability to develop an internationally competitive, highly productive and technologically advanced manufacturing sector,” he said.
Leading multi-national companies Boeing and Suntech Power Holdings will be foundation partners in the centre.
The AMC will also incorporate a demonstrator ‘Factory of the Future’ where students will be trained in the latest manufacturing techniques, transforming engineering education at Swinburne.
It is estimated the new centre will be accessed by over 6,000 students in its first three years, with the population of Swinburne engineering students increasing by over 25 per cent.
Senator Carr said that the Government was investing in cutting-edge facilities to make sure Victorians were prepared for careers at the forefront of innovation and research.
“Investing in the quality and diversity of our tertiary education system will advance our green skills agenda and reinforce our reputation as a world leader in innovation and research,” he said.
The funding was awarded under the Federal Government’s Education Investment Fund.
Construction of the AMC is expected to commence in 2011 and be completed in 2013.
MEDIA NOTE: Images depict possible designs of the Advanced Manufacturing Centre