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Thales Australia extends its strategic partnership with UTS

Thales Australia has signed a university-wide Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the University of Technology Sydney (UTS) to increase the impact of collaboration between the two organisations. The MoU builds upon the long-standing relationship between the two.

By fostering ethical, transdisciplinary, practical, and critical skill development, the partnership will provide UTS students with cutting-edge experiences while creating a pathway for potential careers at Thales Australia, the company says.

“This relationship with UTS provides benefits to both organisations, but most importantly it gives UTS students the chance to get momentum into their careers while they are still studying, helping to build the next generation of engineers for Australia,” said the company’s Technical Director, Philip Swadling.

Throughout its 20-year collaboration with UTS, Thales has advanced engineering education, research and social justice approaches in engineering practice, specifically through Work Integrated Learning (WIL) experiences for undergraduate through to PhD students, with particular focus on Indigenous and female students pursuing STEM disciplines. The extension of this partnership will provide a sustained and significant contribution to a broad range of programs and activities, such as internships, scholarships, mentoring, events, guest lectures, participation in advisory boards, industry experience studios, curriculum development and research projects.

Andrew Parfitt, Vice-Chancellor and President of the University of Technology Sydney said, “The agreement is about expanding this relationship into a whole-of-university one, enabling Thales to work with disciplines across UTS around a shared commitment for innovation and the development of technology, skills and talent.”

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