New partnership to explore virtual simulation opportunities
28 November 2014
Defence has entered a partnership with the University of Newcastle (UoN) to explore how virtual simulation can be used to further enhance education and training.
The Australian Defence College (ADC) signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the University of Newcastle at the Directorate of Simulation at RAAF Base Williamtown today.
Through the MOU, UoN honours and postgraduate students will undertake virtual simulation research and development projects that are directly relevant to the ADC.
Commandant, Australian Command and Staff College (a learning centre within the ADC) Brigadier Peter Gates said the ADC already used virtual simulation for some education and training programs and this partnership would explore the potential for greater use of simulation.
“We are on the cusp of the next generation of simulation, with computer science, engineering and the arts, both physical and virtual, combining to deliver a range of applications that Defence can use,” Brigadier Gates said.
“We are increasingly turning to simulation as technological capabilities continually evolve. There are many potential future educational uses for simulation including leadership, language and cultural training.
“The collaboration between Defence and the University of Newcastle brings a range of benefits. The Australian Defence College can draw upon tailored research and development in cutting edge areas of simulation from students at the University of Newcastle and academics within the Applied Informatics Research Group.
“A broader understanding of technology trends in this niche area will help us to shape our education and training strategies and guide future investment decisions..
“Additionally, developing workforce skills that can be used across the Defence sector benefits not only the individuals concerned but can have a last positive impact on Defence capability.”
The research and development projects will begin in 2015.
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