On behalf of the Australian Technology Network of Universities (ATN), I welcome you to the ATN Industry Doctoral Training Centre in Mathematics and Statistics (IDTC).
This is a very exciting initiative for the ATN. The IDTC is an Australian first and through its inception Australia creates a new paradigm of research and research training. Traditionally PhD training in Australia equips the candidate to perform research in the academic environment. Handpicked students will be carefully selected through the IDTC to enable them to perform research in the industry R&D context. These students will be more effective in industry and have the professional skills that will fast-track them to being the industry executives of tomorrow.
This capacity of the IDTC concept to leverage university research expertise in the training of Australia’s future industry research workforce is the reason that the Australian Government, through the Department of Innovation, Industry, Science and Research, is seed-funding the IDTC as part of its Research Workforce Strategy.
While this is a game-changing national training strategy, the IDTC has a firm focus on industry stakeholders. The IDTC will facilitate a partnerships between industry and the ATN Universities that will address the research problems that industry needs solved and train or supply industry savvy research staff for the future.
The ATN IDTC incorporates the success of the IDTC model in the UK, the power of mathematics and statistics as an overarching research discipline and the possibilities and potential that a truly national research network can bring in addressing here-and-now industry research needs.
Once again I welcome you to the launch of the IDTC and whether you are a potential student or industry partner, I look forward to your partnership with the IDTC and the ATN aiding in providing solutions to your research and research training endeavours.
Professor Jeanette Hacket
Chair, Australian Technology Network of Universities (ATN)
Vice Chancellor and President, Curtin University