The Australian National University (ANU) and the University of Maryland (UMD) in the United States have forged a new partnership which will see joint research projects and student and staff exchanges between the institutions.
Officials from both Universities signed the five-year agreement at a ceremony at the UMD's College Park campus just north of Washington DC on 27 February.
ANU Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Global Engagement) Professor Shirley Leitch was accompanied by ACT Chief Minister Andrew Barr at the event and said the agreement would build on collaborations with UMD in public health and medical science.
"This partnership makes a lot of sense for both universities and will increase our research quality and impact. We have so much in common which will make for an even stronger collaboration that can attract industry and government support from both countries," Professor Leitch said.
"We are both capital-city, high-quality research-intensive universities, with a special role in our cities, regions and countries. We both work in unique ways with government, and are investing in areas of shared priority."
An initial area of focus for strengthening collaboration under the new partnership agreement will be cybersecurity research and education programs. Professor Leitch was accompanied by Michelle Mosey, Chief Operating Officer of the new ANU Cyber Institute, who held meetings with UMD cybersecurity faculty.
UMD Vice President for Research, Laurie Locascio said international collaborations are increasingly important to solve complex global problems through quality research.
"We are very pleased to establish this partnership with The Australian National University and look forward to continued teamwork and knowledge exchange between our universities," she said.