Defence partnership to create opportunities for students

Simulation training and education will be the focus of a cooperative relationship between the Australian Defence College (ADC) and the University of Newcastle with students set to benefit from planned projects.

The ADC and UON announced today the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) that will provide opportunities for UON honours and graduate students to work on virtual simulation projects and development projects that are directly relevant to the ADC.

University of Newcastle Deputy Vice Chancellor (Research and Innovation), Professor Kevin Hall, welcomed the agreement saying the MOU highlighted the University’s commitment to providing students with relevant skills for the workforce.

“This relationship with the Australian Defence College is a wonderful example of collaboration with a partner that directly benefits our students by making them more employable in the defence sector and capitalises on a growing interest and expertise in simulation.

“Research and innovation in the defence sector is a focus area for the University of Newcastle and this is reflected in the establishment of an outward facing research cluster in this area that enables easy access to our world-leading researchers and facilities.”

Students will undertake a wide range of projects including research on the efficacy of simulation in training and the development and testing of prototype simulation training solutions.

Commandant of the Australian Command and Staff College, Brigadier Peter Gates, said the MOU was an excellent example of practical collaboration that benefited students, Defence and the University of Newcastle.

“Defence is turning to simulation more and more as capabilities improve and the range of applications that can use simulation to enhance training increase,” Brigadier Gates said.  “We lie on the cusp of the next generation of simulation, with computer science and engineering and the arts, both physical and virtual, combining to deliver a variety of applications that Defence can use. Developing workforce skills that can be used across the defence sector benefits not only the individuals concerned but can have a lasting positive impact on defence capability.”

The MOU signing was signed at the ADC Simulation Centre at RAAF Base, Williamtown on Friday.  The ADC Simulation Centre provides virtual and constructive simulation to support joint individual training and education across ADC Learning Centres, and selected Defence customers. The centre seeks to enhance capabilities, reduce risks and save resources through the use of simulation for training and education.

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