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University of Tasmania and French partners to deliver next-gen submarines

Staff Writer | March 24, 2017
The University of Tasmania has formally joined an international consortium which will help deliver Australia’s next-generation submarine fleet.
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Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Global) Professor Monique Skidmore said an MoU signed today with four leading French institutions recognised the world standing of the University’s Australian Maritime College (AMC) in both teaching and research, and underlined the considerable promise of defence and design to Northern Tasmania’s future.

“Arrangements such as this provide a platform upon which we can expand our existing strengths, along with the development of completely new economic sectors for the region and the State,” Professor Skidmore said.

“This agreement has come about because of our University’s capacity for interdisciplinary research and our highly-regarded pedigree in the STEM disciplines of science, technology, engineering and mathematics.

It is why the University is pursuing a vision for a STEM Precinct in Hobart, which would considerably enhance these strengths, which could then be leveraged for the benefit of the entire State.”

“In 2016 the Federal Government announced that the nation’s Future Submarine Program would deliver the next fleet of Australian submarines, to be built in Adelaide, and appointed global advanced technology and defence company DCNS as the design partner.

DCNS currently works with the four French signatories to the MoU - ENSTA ParisTech, École Centrale de Nantes, CentraleSupélec and École Polytechnique - each having a particular strength in advanced defence and maritime technologies.