UNSW has been recognised as one of the world’s top technological universities with an invitation to join the Global Alliance of Technological Universities.
UNSW is the first new member admitted to the exclusive network since its inception in 2009. The seven founding universities are:
· Caltech (the California Institute of Technology)
· Imperial College London
· ETH (Eidgenossische Technische Hochschule Zürich
· Georgia Institute of Technology
· Indian Institute of Technology Bombay;
· Nanyang Technological University (Singapore)
· Shanghai Jiao Tong (People’s Republic of China).
The Alliance aims to address global issues to which science and technology could provide solutions, through avenues such as research collaboration and exchange. These issues include biomedicine and health care, sustainability and global environmental change, security of energy, water and food supplies, security, and changing demographics/ population.
“It’s pleasing to see Australia represented in this very important global network,” Vice-Chancellor Fred Hilmer said.
“To be accepted as a peer institution in the alliance recognises UNSW’s distinctive identity as Australia’s leading technological university and its status as a world class university.
“We are the only Australian university to have been established with a strong scientific, technological and professional focus, and we have maintained that focus rather than expanding our disciplinary base.
“I understand the decision to admit UNSW to the alliance took into account our particular research strengths, our commitment to innovation and extensive links with industry, as well as our open-access approach to the management of intellectual property and our strong international rankings.
“We look forward to collaborating with our fellow members in the effort to find solutions to significant global problems.”