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University of Sydney teams up with Airbus

2 August 2018
Linking aeronautical experts with future talent
An agreement between the University of Sydney and world-leading aeronautical manufacturer Airbus connects some of the leading experts with Australia's future engineering talent.

The University’s Faculty of Engineering and Information Technologies has joined the Airbus Global University Partner Programme, the only Australian university to be part of the program.

The partnership allows the University and Airbus to collaborate in a number of areas:

  • Funding students and activities, enabling participation in innovation programs at Airbus facilities around the world, where students will use their university learning to tackle industry challenges, learning more about the aeronautical industry;
  • Giving aerospace, mechanical and mechatronics engineering students access to Airbus’ 100-strong campus team; and
  • Allowing students to partake in global exchanges such as the annual Airbus Airnovation Summer Academy.

A total of 22 universities in 12 different countries currently participate in the program.

This program gives students the best available insights into the opportunities available in the aviation and aerospace industries.
Professor Willy Zwaenepoel, Dean, Faculty of Engineering and Information Technologies

The University’s Faculty of Engineering and Information Technologies Dean Professor Willy Zwaenepoel says the new partnership complements what students learn on campus.

“This program gives students the best available insights into the opportunities available in the aviation and aerospace industries,” he said.

“It’s a two-way street. The University’s mechanical, aeronautical and manufacturing engineering program is the highest-ranked in Australia. We’re confident Airbus will benefit from having access to talented students who are learning about the latest research in areas ranging from aerospace structures to flight guidance, navigation and control.”

Airbus, Engineering IT, Dean and Vice-President signing MOU

Mr Mal Benfer Vice-President, Airbus Australia Pacific (left) and Professor Willy Zwaenepoel, Dean, Faculty of Engineering and Information Technologies at the signing ceremony in Sydney

It is great to see the University of Sydney included in this international collaboration effort from Airbus.
Mr Mal Benfer Vice-President, Airbus Australia Pacific

A local signing ceremony in Sydney will be followed by a formal signing in November at the Zhuhai Air Show in China and will mark the commencement of the Airbus Global Partner Programme today. In Sydney, Professor Willy Zwaenepoel today signed the partnership agreement with Airbus Australia Pacific Vice-President Capability, Malcolm Benfer. In China, Professor Zwaenepoel will finalise the agreement with Thierry Baril, Chief Human Resources Officer, Airbus.

Featured image (above): Airbus H145 hovering over Sydney Harbour with Harbour Bridge in the background.

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