Friday, 01 December 2017
ECU’s Joondalup Campus has been announced as the location of the Western Australian Government’s first Innovation Hub.
The Hub is part of the Government’s new $16.7 million New Industries Fund program, which is focused on creating new jobs through innovation.
The Joondalup Innovation Hub will initially focus on cyber security, leveraging ECU’s reputation as a world leader in cyber security research.
With an $800,000 investment from the Government, it will bring together public, private and research sectors headquartered in ECU’s Ngoolark Building on the Joondalup Campus. It will also utilise facilities in ECU and throughout the Joondalup area.
The location also recognises that ECU and the City of Joondalup have been working in collaboration for many years to attract, build and support innovative businesses via the award winning THE LINK project.
Speaking at the launch of the New Industries Fund at the Joondalup Campus alongside Premier Mark McGowan and Innovation and ICT Minister Dave Kelly, ECU Vice-Chancellor Professor Steve Chapman CEB welcomed the Hub.
“I would like to acknowledge the Premier and the Minister for really ‘getting it’. They understand innovation and they’re leading on it,” Professor Chapman said.
“We want Joondalup to be known as the cyber city. This new Innovation Hub will build on the strong track record of our cyber researchers and the City of Joondalup’s ongoing drive to encourage new business here in the northern corridor.
“Cyber security offers exciting new job creation opportunities. We live in an increasingly connected world and the demand for cyber security professionals will only increase, with the cyber skills shortage estimated at 1.8 million workers globally by 2022.”
The Innovation Hub is just the latest investment in cyber security for ECU. In September ECU was announced as a principal partner in the State Government supported $50 million Cyber Security Cooperative Research Centre.
And in June ECU became one of only two designated Academic Centres of Excellence in Australia, receiving $900,000 from the Commonwealth in funding (University of Melbourne is the other).
The Hub is expected to begin operation in early 2018.
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