The Academic College of Tel Aviv-Yaffo (MTA) and Swinburne University of Technology will pursue joint research training programs in advanced information technologies and computer science following the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU).
The official signing took place in Israel in the presence of the Swinburne Vice-Chancellor Professor Linda Kristjanson AO and Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research and Development) Professor Aleksandar Subic.
MTA President Professor Shlomo Biderman and Vice-President for External Relations Liat Weiss Shahaf were also present.
“Establishing a Joint Research Training Centre in Tel Aviv is part of our broader international research strategy,” says Professor Subic.
“Through this centre our researchers and students will engage actively with the local start up community and social enterprises in order to create economic and social impact of global relevance.”
As part of the MoU, PhD students will be recruited and will be mentored by senior academic staff from both the MTA and Swinburne. They will spend time in both Tel Aviv, Israel and Melbourne, Australia as part of their research program.
A first scholarship for a Swinburne PhD student undertaking research within the joint Centre in Tel Aviv has been donated by Carol and Alan Schwartz of the Trawalla Foundation.
Professor Biderman says that senior academic staff at the MTA are at the forefront of cyber security and data science and the College’s computer science department is strongly connected with the IT industry in Israel.
“The interface between academia and industry is a critical component of all of our courses.”
MTA’s Computer Science Department is recognized as one of the best in Israel with more than 10 per cent of the Israeli high tech workforce are alumni of the College.