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Universities welcome NSW government backing for Sydney Quantum Academy

12/03/2019

University: UNSW Sydney, University of Technology Sydney

Authors Centre Participants: Prof. Michelle Y. Simmons AO, Prof. Andrew S. Dzurak, Prof. Michael Bremner

Other Source: Australian Journal of Physics

The new Academy will train the next generation of quantum computing innovators, helping to establish NSW as a global focal point in the rapidly evolving field. 

The NSW government has announced support for the establishment of a new Sydney Quantum Academy with $15.4 million in funding, bringing together four leading universities in NSW.

The Sydney Quantum Academy is the initiative of Macquarie University, UNSW Sydney, the University of Sydney and University of Technology Sydney. It will help train the next generation of engineers and scientists in quantum computing, cementing Sydney’s place as the leading global city for quantum technology and ensuring NSW is a world centre for jobs in the emerging quantum economy.

The funding, combined with current university and future industry support, means the total investment in the Sydney Quantum Academy will be up to $35 million.

The Sydney Quantum Academy will develop the industry, attract talent and investment in Australia and internationally, and promote an understanding about quantum computing, simulation and software for local and global companies that want to use these emergent technologies.

The Academy will:

  • encourage students to collaborate and train across the four universities
  • directly link students to industry through internships and research
  • support the development of quantum technology businesses
  • promote Sydney as a global leader in quantum computing.

The four universities are already deeply involved in developing quantum technology, through the ARC Centre for Engineered Quantum Systems (EQUS) and the ARC Centre for Quantum Computation & Communication Technology (CQC2T) harnessing academic talent from all four institutions.