Swinburne continues to focus on global research with impact, as it strengthened its research partnership with one of North America’s top ranked universities, the University of California Santa Cruz (UCSC).
During a recent visit to UCSC, senior members from Swinburne and UCSC discussed the approach and agreed on key principles for an ongoing research collaboration and partnered PhD program, primarily in the field of astronomy, with plans to expand it to data science and machine learning in the near future.
Swinburne Deputy-Vice Chancellor (Research and Development) Professor Aleksandar Subic says the research collaboration will drive world-leading research outcomes.
“This is the first time Swinburne has agreed to develop a partnered PhD program with a university in the United States and we are thrilled that we could do it with one of the global leaders in astronomy research – the University of California Santa Cruz,” he says.
“By building on existing relationships between researchers from Swinburne’s Centre for Astrophysics and Supercomputing and UCSC we will be able to build on our shared areas of research expertise including galaxy evolution, cosmology, properties of nearby galaxies, astrophysics and star formation.”
University of California Santa Cruz Chancellor George Blumenthal with Swinburne Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research and Development) Professor Aleksandar Subic.
Deepening research engagement in North America
The close relationship with UCSC is the latest in a series of strategic partnerships and collaborations for Swinburne with universities and organisations in Silicon Valley and the greater California.
Earlier in 2018, Swinburne announced that it was the first university to have a presence in CSIRO’s Silicon Valley headquarters, paving the way for Australia-US innovation partnerships.
“Swinburne has made a conscious effort to collaborate and partner with regions of the world that are leading the way in research, innovation and commercialisation,” says Professor Subic.
“We are serious about expanding our global research networks and partnerships with the most advanced innovation ecosystems around the world, like we have with Tel Aviv and now Silicon Valley.
“Our relationship with UCSC is the beginning of what we expect to be a long-standing, impactful partnership in this region.”