Paris, 17 January 2017/Adelaide 18 January 2107: Flinders University and four of France’s leading Graduate Schools of Engineering will today enter into an academic and research cooperation agreement relating to Australia’s Future Submarine Program.
The agreement between Flinders and a consortium comprised of ENSTA ParisTech, École Centrale de Nantes, CentraleSupélec and École Polytechnique will be signed at a ceremony to be witnessed by South Australia’s Minister for Higher Education and Skills, the Hon. Dr. Susan Close and the Deputy Chief Executive of DCNS and General Manager of Australia’s Future Submarine Program, Marie-Pierre de Bailliencourt.
The Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) will foster joint research projects, student and staff exchanges, and a new wave of Australian-French innovation and entrepreneurial projects related to the Future Submarine Program to be centred in Adelaide, South Australia.
Flinders University’s Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research) Professor Robert Saint, who will sign the MoU at DCNS Headquarters in Paris, said “it will foster an exchange of research and technical expertise that further strengthens the University’s maritime related programs”.
“This MoU signed with our new French academic partner institutions, recognises the high regard in which Flinders’ capability in the areas of defence and maritime research. The agreement will enhance our defence related endeavours and contribute to South Australia and Australia’s economic transformation,” Professor Saint says.
The French members of the consortium have welcomed the agreement as a further recognition of the global value of their defence research strengths.
“Our alliance has a proud history of productively working with DCNS, the successful bidder for Australia’s Future submarine program. The establishment of this consortium with Flinders University will foster an exchange of knowledge between Australia and France in relation to this project, and harness some of the world’s best research minds to ensure DCNS’s vessels set the standard for technological innovation,” the consortium members say.
Mr Alain Guillou, DCNS Executive vice-president of Human Resources and Operations welcomed the agreement.
“We would like to congratulate Flinders University and the French Institutions on this exciting development which ties communities for the long term”, Mr Gillou declared
The MoU creates a consortium involving the five institutions, and further cements the friendship between France and Australia.
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About Flinders University
Located in Adelaide, the capital of South Australia and Australia’s premier defence manufacturing state, Flinders University ranks amongst the world’s top 2% of universities and equal 10th in Australia, with a proud reputation for innovative research and excellence in teaching and learning. Flinders has 2,700 staff and 25,000 students, including some 4,000 international students from more than 100 countries.
Research strengths include defence, engineering, molecular science and technology, and water and environment. 90% of Flinders University’s research has been ranked at or above world standard by ERA (Excellence in Research Australia). Its high tech innovation campus at Tonsley engages students with leading business enterprises, and is home to the Flinders New Venture Institute, a leader in entrepreneurship programs.
About École Nationale Supérieure de Techniques Avancées (ENSTA ParisTech), École Centrale de Nantes, CentraleSupélec and École Polytechnique
The consortium brings together some of France’s most prestigious engineering institutions.