Universities and higher education

There are three state universities -  The University of Adelaide, Flinders University and the University of South Australia.

All three are ranked in the top 2% of universities worldwide and have strong ties to industry and research; creating valuable opportunities for networking and work placements upon graduating.  For further information on universities in South Australia, please visit the StudyAdelaide website.

The University of Adelaide

Global scientific software company Dassault Systems have established their South Australian regional centre at The University of Adelaide, the first office to be established at an Australian university.  The strategic partnership means Adelaide-based staff from France and India are co-hosted in one of the university’s flagship engineering buildings with internships available for students. Dassault Systems and The University of Adelaide have also implemented a specialised industry-focused curriculum for engineering students, collaborating to prepare students for careers in defence and other related industries.

Flinders University

Flinders University is the first university outside of France to join CELADON, an association of leading industry and academic institutions that operate land-based and marine facilities adjacent to the French Naval Academy in Brest, France.  As part of its membership of CELADON, Flinders researchers and students have the opportunity to undertake sea trials with unique infrastructure in the area of autonomous surface and underwater vehicles, and help develop future marine technologies in research projects with other CELADON members.  The CELADON membership reinforces the University’s growing international reputation in the field of autonomous maritime vessels.

Defence giant Thales Group, Flinders University and ENSTA Bretagne – a leading Graduate and Post-Graduate Engineering School and Research Institute also have an agreement to develop advanced sonar and naval robotics technology.  The collaboration provides internship opportunities for Flinders students as well as opportunities to contribute to design solutions for the future submarine program.

University of South Australia

The University of South Australia has many links to France through research collaborations, student exchange agreements and professional partnerships.  In 2017, the university signed an agreement with French graduate engineering school IMT Atlantique providing opportunities for students to study and complete work placements in some of the world’s leading defence organisations such as Naval Group (formerly DCNS).

The Innovation & Collaboration Centre at the University of South Australia also hosted the Australian leg of a 24-hour international space competition co-organised by the French space agency Centre National d’Etudes Spatiales (CNES) and the European Space Agency (ESA).  The university also collaborates with the International Space University (ISU) based in France.