The Australian Technology Network of Universities (ATN) is a strong alliance of five Universities: Curtin University (WA), University of South Australia (SA), RMIT University (Vic), University of Technology Sydney (NSW), Queensland University of Technology (Qld). Together these universities have been collaborating and partnering successfully as the ATN for some 13 years.
The ATN is Australia’s only truly national collaborative group of Universities with a national footprint. The ATN has a University located in each mainland State capital, plus a number of regional and offshore campuses.
The ATN has been growing its cohort of PhD students and particularly in Mathematical Sciences. In 2008 and 2009 the total ATN doctoral enrolments for mathematics grew to 25% and 29%, respectively, of the total national cohort.
All five of the ATN Universities have been assessed as undertaking world class research in Applied Mathematics in the first Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA) assessment.
The ATN Industry Doctoral Training Centre (Mathematics & Statistics) (IDTC) – seed funded by the Department of Industry, Innovation, Science, Research and Tertiary Education - is a national first and is a network that will provide longer postgraduate courses and a form of higher education that does not currently exist in Australia. The IDTC will deliver research solutions to industry and train cohorts of doctoral students with broad capabilities generally not currently acquired during Australian PhD candidature.