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A key aspect of Edith Cowan University’s strategy is to deliver practical outcomes through world-ready graduates and leading edge research. Accordingly ECU has established a reputation for supporting national objectives in national security and defence through its research and education programs.

In 2017, Edith Cowan University committed to formalise delivery of support to Defence by developing stronger relationships between the University and the Department of Defence in research and knowledge translation. The intent of this formal approach to Defence programs is to achieve substantial benefits both for the University and for Australia’s national interests.

ECU seeks to deliver support to Defence through:

  • A strong awareness of Defence needs;
  • Ongoing engagement with Defence and other Government agencies as customers;
  • Provision of advice to help enhance Australia’s defence capabilities;
  • Development and shaping of University programs to deliver research and education outcomes of relevance to Defence; and
  • Partnering with industry to translate knowledge into actionable innovation.

The people at ECU take pride in their mission of contributing knowledge for Australia’s benefit, through excellence in teaching and research. We seek to exploit our expertise in our key competencies, maximising benefits through needs-based research and education, a multi-disciplinary approach within the university and close cooperation with other universities, industry and Government. Another advantage of ECU is the strict adherence to export and security policies, and control of potentially sensitive information under the Defence Industrial Security Program. The ECU Defence team has substantial experience in Defence and in the academic sector, thus improving the university’s ability to deliver the right outcomes.

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