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Cranfield Takes Defence Expertise To Australia

Cranfield University : 24 May, 2007  (New Product)
Top UK defence-research institution Cranfield University is set to take its expertise ′down under', following an agreement signed this weekend with the Government of South Australia.
The University is establishing a Business Development Office in Adelaide to deliver world-class specialist defence education at universities in South Australia.

The agreement signed at the Defence College of Management and Technology campus, Shrivenham in Wiltshire will enable Cranfield to develop relationships with local universities in Australia and to set up future courses. The office will be jointly funded for three years by the University and the Government of South Australia.

Last year Cranfield signed an agreement with the Government of South Australia to run two defence-related courses in Integrated Logistical Support and Electronic warfare at Adelaide University.

Cranfield also has an agreement with the University of South Australia to develop similar courses and is exploring possible collaboration with two more South Australian universities, Flinders and Carnegie Mellon.

Professor Sir John O'Reilly, Vice-Chancellor of Cranfield University said, 'This is a significant moment for us. We have long had a reputation in the Northern hemisphere for delivering the very best teaching in defence-related subjects. We are delighted that we are now able to export this expertise to Australia.

'Our considerable experience in this specialist field will enable us to work with universities in South Australia to develop the right courses and research programme for their needs. This agreement will also allow us to deliver more professional development courses, teaching modules and dual degrees and to implement academic staff exchanges with those universities and the Australian Defence Science and Technology Organisation.'

Speaking at the signing Government of South Australia Premier, Mike Rann said, 'The decision to bring one of Europe's top defence institutions to Australia was not a difficult one. When I first visited Cranfield, I was impressed with the University's close ties with the military and how their research and courses are deigned and taught to cater for precise capability requirements. This is exactly the model South Australia's burgeoning Defence industry is following.'

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