In Summary

  • Swinburne has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with University of Stuttgart
  • Five-year collaboration will combine expertise in advanced manufacturing
  • University of Stuttgart is a leading research-intensive institution in Germany 

Swinburne has formalised a research partnership with the University of Stuttgart in Germany.

The five-year collaboration will see the two universities combine expertise in advanced manufacturing to enrich and expand their joint research capability.

The Joint PhD agreement aims to facilitate research collaboration across a range of disciplines in science, engineering, design, architecture and digital technologies involving global industry.

Swinburne Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research and Development), Professor Aleksandar Subic says the partnership aligns well with Swinburne’s strategic direction that aims to increase its international research engagement with leading research-intensive universities and global industry.

“We are pleased to partner with the University of Stuttgart, which is a leading research-intensive institution in Germany specialising in science, engineering and technology with strong Industry 4.0 capability,” Professor Subic says.

“Innovation and collaboration are at the heart of everything we do. This agreement will enable Swinburne and the University of Stuttgart to develop joint government and industry partnerships in Australia, Germany and internationally, and to undertake joint PhD programs in collaboration with industry.”

Planned activities under the Memorandum of Understanding:

  • Develop a partnered/joint PhD agreement to facilitate joint supervision of PhD students, including involving industry in joint projects across a range of disciplines.
  • Collaborate on joint research projects in advanced manufacturing, Industry 4.0, innovation in manufacturing and design, and carbon fibre composites to leverage industry and government funding in Australia, Germany and internationally.
  • Participate in the joint translation of research and commercialisation activities including facilitating joint start-ups resulting in joint research.
  • Collaborate with Fraunhofer Institute for Manufacturing Engineering and Automation on the development of joint research projects and PhD student placements at the institute for internships, in particular in relevant areas of Industry 4.0.
  • Co-locate staff and students on their premises and provide access to related facilities.
  • Organise and participate in joint research workshops, symposiums, student and staff exchange activities.
  • Jointly recruit, co-supervise and exchange PhD students.

About University of Stuttgart

The University of Stuttgart is one of the leading technically oriented universities in Germany with global significance. It sees itself as a centre of university-based, non-university, and industrial research.