Universities Australia Chief Executive Catriona Jackson met with national security officials, Australia’s Ambassador to the U.S., representatives from the U.S. Department of State and global leaders in higher education.
Ms Jackson also met with the Business Roundtable who represent chief executives from the world’s major corporations.
“This visit to Washington has come at a critical time as we face one of the biggest industrial challenges in our history – AUKUS,” Ms Jackson said.
“Discussions throughout the week have reinforced the vital role universities will play in the security partnership – from producing the next generation of skilled workers to generating the world-class research and development.
“Boosting university and industry partnerships to deliver the highly educated workforce both nations and our economies need was central to discussions with business leaders.
“Research propels the world forward and collaborating with our international peers always has, and always will, underpin some of the most important breakthroughs and advancements.
“We were pleased to share with international stakeholders our world-leading approach to these critical issues through the Universities Foreign Interference Taskforce in partnership with government.
“We recognise national security is of highest priority and will continue to work to ensure that risks are identified and managed appropriately, so that universities can continue producing the research we need more of.
“The foundation has been laid so Australia’s universities can play their fullest role in supporting AUKUS, and we’re looking forward to building on these conversations at home.”