Unis central to Australia-US innovation alliance

Australia's universities are central to the delivery of the new Australia-United States innovation alliance announced today by Prime Minister Albanese and President Biden.

Universities Australia Chief Executive Catriona Jackson welcomed the opportunities to partner closely with government and industry to deliver the priorities outlined in the alliance.

"Universities have a key role to play in this new era of strategic cooperation between Australia and the United States," Universities Australia Chief Executive Catriona Jackson said.

"Prime Minister Albanese and President Biden have acknowledged our role in taking the alliance to new heights by committing to stronger cooperation in research and education between our nations.

"These endeavours are central to every aspect of the innovation alliance.

"Universities in Australia and the United States are connected by more than 1,000 formal partnerships, and we welcome the commitment to build on this.

"Our institutions educate the skilled workforce and undertake the research and development needed to support all three pillars - defence, economic and clean energy cooperation.

"We can't rise to these global challenges without university-educated workers and researchers.

"Additional and deeper collaborations will serve us well in supporting our governments to foster an open, stable and prosperous Indo-Pacific region for the benefit of everyone who calls it home.

"We look forward to engaging more and working closely with both the Albanese and Biden governments to support the delivery of the Australia-US innovation alliance."

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