Swinburne University has been awarded the 2019 Australian Business Award (ABA) for Business Innovation for its Industry 4.0 Initiative.
The ABA program honours high-performing organisations that implement world-class business initiatives and develop innovative products and services.
Swinburne University has been working with industry partners to solve challenges in the transition to Industry 4.0 and create opportunities from this transformation.
“Swinburne is very proud of its Industry 4.0 Initiative, and we are pleased to have it recognised with an Australian Business Award,” said Swinburne University’s deputy vice-chancellor (research and development), Professor Aleksandar Subic.
“Swinburne has made a real difference through its strategic industry links, preparing our business partners, as well as the current and future workforce for Industry 4.0 transformations. We have positioned ourselves as a national and international leader in Industry 4.0 research, innovation and education across the entire continuum – from vocational to research training.”
Swinburne’s Industry 4.0 Initiative focuses on strong industry relationships for social and economic impact. Its collaboration model has led to projects such as the creation of Australia’s first Advanced Diploma for Industry 4.0, co-sponsored by Siemens and Ai Group, and the Victorian Industry 4.0 SME Hub for Advanced Manufacturing and the National Industry 4.0 Testlab Network, established with industry, state and federal governments, among others.
The Initiative is supported by Swinburne’s research Institutes who engage and collaborate with industry in the key sectors of manufacturing, smart cities, data science, health and social innovation, while the university’s Innovation Precinct provides timely, technology-based solutions to commercial partners.
“Each year the ABA100 Winners are recognised for their innovative initiatives, products and services, which are leading business and digital transformation within the Australian marketplace,” Australian Business Awards program director Tara Johnston said.
“Innovation is vital for every company, but it’s even more important for business growth and expansion. Innovation makes it easier to grow, regardless of the size of the business. You need new, unique ideas, and the ability to bring them to market before the competition.”
As a national winner, Swinburne will be given the opportunity to participate in the World Business Awards.