Three Distinguished Early Career Researcher Awards, three Future Fellowships, and involvement in three of six successful bids for new Cooperative Research Centres (CRCs) - just another week at Swinburne.
Each week I receive news of student and staff success, and the recent run of research achievements clearly highlights the depth of expertise and brilliance that we have at Swinburne. It also demonstrates the value of carrying out both pure research, in advancing our understanding of the world we live in, and applied research for the significant contribution it makes to society.
Universities have been described as the crown jewels of our society for the critical role they play in problem solving and stimulating a country's innovation agenda. Solving problems can best be achieved through multidisciplinary teams, and it is this premise that Australia's CRCs are based on.
In announcing the successful applicants, Minister Kim Carr said that "CRCs are about building partnerships between excellent researchers and industry, working collectively for the national benefit ....to research the major challenges facing Australia, as well as our big opportunities. Their collaborations will deliver important economic, environmental and social benefits. This is about improving the living standard of all Australians."