Universities welcome NSW Government backing for Sydney Quantum Academy

Universities welcome NSW Government backing for Sydney Quantum Academy

The NSW Government has announced support for the establishment of a new Sydney Quantum Academy with $15.4 million in funding, bringing together four leading universities in NSW.

Mária Kieferová and Thomas Volz

The Sydney Quantum Academy is the initiative of Macquarie University, UNSW Sydney, the University of Sydney and University of Technology Sydney.

It will help train the next generation of engineers and scientists in quantum computing, cementing Sydney’s place as the leading global city for quantum technology and ensuring NSW is a world centre for jobs in the emerging quantum economy.

The funding, combined with current university and future industry support, means the total investment in the Sydney Quantum Academy will be up to $35 million.

“The Academy brands Sydney as a player in the new Quantum Economy emerging worldwide,” says Macquarie University’s Associate Professor Thomas Volz.

“We are facing strong competition for global quantum talent and the academy will help to attract that talent—both for academia and for the emerging quantum technology sector.

“It will help create an ecosystem that helps us bring our ideas and inventions to the market, and helps start-ups in the quantum arena.”

Mária Kieferová is a PhD student at Macquarie University, developing algorithms that will be needed to solve real-world problems on future quantum devices.

“I hope that the Academy will give rise to quantum companies in NSW that will offer industry research positions as an alternative to an academic career,” she says.

“My research attracts a lot of commercial interest overseas because of its application to hard computational problems in the industry. Unfortunately, commercial quantum algorithms research in NSW currently is minimal.

“The Academy can attract overseas companies to branch out to Australia, as well as support a start-up environment.

“I hope that Sydney can become a hub for developing quantum technologies in both the academic and the commercial sectors.”

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Published 11 March 2019.

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