Federation University signed a collaboration agreement with AGL Energy at the university campus in Churchill on Friday.
The aim of the collaboration agreement, which was signed during the Committee for Gippsland’s 2017 Gippsland Jobs and Innovation Showcase, is to foster innovation, education, diversification and investment in the midst of industry transition in the region.
AGL executive general manager group operations Doug Jackson said the energy company’s partnership with the university would lay a foundation to work with the community to deliver economic growth in the region.
“The collaboration agreement will draw on our existing relationship with Federation University and commit to focusing on research and work to repurpose a resource-intensive region into an innovative region,” Mr Jackson said.
Fed Uni deputy vice chancellor (engagement) professor Todd Walker said the university was delighted to partner with AGL to foster economic growth and develop much-needed research, education and training opportunities in the Latrobe Valley.
“The university is the main provider of higher education in the region and we continue to be committed to the community during these times of transition.”
As part of the agreement, a streering group will pioneer projects, including: AGL accepting post-doctoral fellows in short and long term projects and Fed Uni supporting AGL Energy staff to undertake education and training and/or research and higher degrees by research.
It will also include the university carrying out customised education and training programs for AGL staff and suppliers, students undertaking workplace projects and/or internships and a five day Enterprise Development Program to foster business growth and resilience.
“The Enterprise Development Program will be our first collaborative venture and will allow local businesses the opportunity to undertake a fully funded five day business course to help them diversify and grow,” Professor Walker said.