11 October 2010
Australian-German collaboration strengthened
ATN Chair, Professor Ross Milbourne, and DAAD President, Professor Sabine Kunst, shake on the agreement at the Australian Embassy in Berlin.
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Australia’s leading industry-focused universities have signed a high-level research collaboration agreement with the German Government’s German Academic Service (DAAD).
The agreement will fund the exchange of academics from both countries who are working on joint research projects, building on the Australian Technology Network’s (ATN) already strong presence in Germany.
RMIT University is an ATN member.
Professor Bruce Wilson, Director of the European Union (EU) Centre at RMIT, welcomed the agreement.
“Facilitating student and staff mobility between RMIT and Europe and encouraging greater academic contact and exchange with EU universities is an important part of the Centre’s mission.
“This ATN-DAAD agreement will greatly assist us in achieving this aim.”
ATN Chair, Professor Ross Milbourne, who signed the agreement in Berlin, said that with each ATN member having strong research partnerships with German institutions the joint agreement was a natural progression for the Network.
“It is hoped that the scheme will result in research outcomes and the exchange of skills and knowledge of mutual benefit to Australia and Germany.
“In total, ATN universities have research partnerships with 69 German institutions.
“As the largest economy in Europe and a world leader in developing cutting-edge technologies, Germany is an important bilateral partner for Australia and for the ATN group.
“In addition, Germany is Australia’s fourth most important collaborator as measured by joint publications, behind the US, UK and just recently China.”
The initial call for funding applications will close on 31 December.