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Harmonious collaboration spawns school of manufacturing innovation

Industrial Research Ltd and the University of Auckland are coming together to set up a Joint Graduate School in Innovative Manufacturing and Materials, with an eye to producing the scientists and engineers of tomorrow.

Industrial Research Ltd and the University of Auckland are coming together to set up a Joint Graduate School in Innovative Manufacturing and Materials, with an eye to producing the scientists and engineers of tomorrow.

IRL chief executive Shaun Coffey

Bringing together the facilities and expertise of IRL and the Faculties of Science and Engineering at The University of Auckland, the Joint Graduate School in Innovative Manufacturing and Materials will offer postgraduate degrees in the design and manufacture of advanced materials and the development of innovative manufacturing techniques, co-supervised by researchers from the two institutions.

“IRL and the University of Auckland both have key roles to play in providing NZ manufacturers and allied industries with opportunities for technological innovation and growth,” IRL chief executive Shaun Coffey said.

“The Joint Graduate School provides a powerful new vehicle for developing New Zealand’s future capability in these important enabling areas.”

University of Auckland Dean of Engineering Professor Michael Davies said many of the challenges society currently faced would be solved by tomorrow’s scientists and engineers.

“The Joint Graduate School gives us an opportunity to enhance the education we give to our advanced students to ensure they have the skills they need to contribute.”

Coffey also announced that IRL was providing support for Chiasma, a student-led organisation whose goal is to foster connections between science and business and to drive private-sector employment of scientists and engineers.