The NSW Government has announced support for the establishment of a new Sydney Quantum Academy with $15.4 million in funding, bringing together four universities in NSW.
The Sydney Quantum Academy is the initiative of Macquarie University, UNSW Sydney, the University of Sydney and University of Technology Sydney. It will help train the next generation of engineers and scientists in quantum computing, cementing Sydney’s place as the leading global city for quantum technology and ensuring NSW is a world centre for jobs in the emerging quantum economy.
The funding, combined with current university and future industry support, means the total investment in the Sydney Quantum Academy will be up to $35 million.
The Sydney Quantum Academy will develop the industry, attract talent and investment in Australia and internationally, and promote an understanding about quantum computing, simulation and software for local and global companies that want to use these emergent technologies.
The four universities are already deeply involved in developing quantum technology, through the ARC Centre for Engineered Quantum Systems (EQUS) and the ARC Centre for Quantum Computation & Communication Technology (CQC2T) harnessing academic talent from all four institutions.
In the past two years there has also been a flurry of commercial activity in quantum technology at the universities, with the establishment of Australia’s first quantum computing company, Silicon Quantum Computing, based at UNSW; the Microsoft Quantum Laboratory, based at the University of Sydney; and the foundation of Australia’s first venture-capital-backed quantum tech company, Q-CTRL, based at the University of Sydney.
“Sydney has an incredibly strong quantum computing community, with deep expertise across all areas – from the physics of qubit fabrication all the way through to software and application development,” said Professor Michael Bremner, a chief investigator for CQC2T and a member of the Centre for Quantum Software and Information at UTS.
“The Sydney Quantum Academy will help to cement Sydney as the world’s premier destination for quantum computing education, research and commercial development.”
Professor David Reilly, who holds a joint position as a chief investigator for EQUS at the University of Sydney and as Director of the Microsoft Quantum Laboratory, said the announcement shows that quantum technology is moving out of the laboratory and into practical application.
“Already at Microsoft Quantum in Sydney we have dozens of people employed in new, high-tech jobs. But we will need hundreds, if not thousands, of trained quantum engineers to make the promise of quantum technology a reality. The Sydney Quantum Academy will help us achieve this vision.”