A new agreement between the University of Sydney and world-leading aeronautical manufacturer Airbus will connect leading experts with Australia’s future engineering talent.

The University’s Faculty of Engineering and Information Technologies has joined the Airbus Global University Partner Programme, the only Australian university to be part of the program. The partnership allows the University and Airbus to collaborate in a number of areas:

  • Funding students and activities, enabling participation in innovation programs at Airbus facilities around the world, where students will use their university learning to tackle industry challenges, learning more about the aeronautical industry.
  • Giving aerospace, mechanical and mechatronics engineering students access to Airbus’s 100-strong campus team.
  • Allowing students to partake in global exchanges such as the annual Airbus Airnovation Summer Academy.

A total of 22 universities in 12 different countries currently participate in the program. The University’s Faculty of Engineering and Information Technologies Dean Professor Willy says the new partnership complements what students learn on campus.

“This program gives students the best available insights into the opportunities available in the aviation and aerospace industries,” said Zwaenepoel. “It’s a two-way street. The University’s mechanical, aeronautical and manufacturing engineering program is the highest-ranked in Australia. We’re confident Airbus will benefit from having access to talented students who are learning about the latest research in areas ranging from aerospace structures to flight guidance, navigation and control.”

Zwaenepoel signed the partnership agreement with Airbus Australia Pacific Vice-President Capability, Malcolm Benfer, on 2 August in Sydney. A local signing ceremony in Sydney will be followed by a formal signing in November at the Zhuhai Air Show in China and will mark the commencement of the Airbus Global Partner Programme. In China, Zwaenepoel will finalise the agreement with Thierry Baril, Chief Human Resources Officer, Airbus.