The best and brightest students from France and Australia will have the opportunity to be immersed in the latest engineering technologies in both countries under a memorandum of understanding between Flinders University (Adelaide), leading technology firm Thales and the French Embassy.

The MoU launches a program for French students to be based at Flinders University for periods of up to 6 months as part of research internships, reciprocating an existing arrangement through which Flinders students undertake placements in France and further deepening the existing relationship between Thales and the university.

High-performing students will be selected for internships supported by Thales and delivered at the university. South Australia is a focal point for $90 billion of defence manufacturing, including the future submarine and frigate projects.

The agreement was signed by Christophe Penot, French Ambassador to Australia, Dr John Best, Chief Technical Officer of Thales and Professor Colin Stirling, Vice-Chancellor of Flinders University at an official reception at the French Embassy, attended by French Minister for Higher Education, Research and Innovation Ms Frédérique Vidal.

Dr Best says the exchange of research knowledge is central to advancing the defence sector.

“This is all about attracting and nurturing the best and brightest in both Australia and France, opening up fantastic opportunities for closer collaboration with Thales on a global scale,” he says.

“To ensure these students have hands-on, practical experience in the research, design and development of world-class high technology solutions, we’re designing activities that will allow them to engage with Thales before, during and after the internship, including company briefings and site visits that will inform their research projects.”


  1. Research has revealed that 80 percent of UK manufacturing employees desire to upskill in 2022, while the government hopes reskilling workers will create business growth.As a result, the UK government has opened the ‘Skills for Life’ campaign, for employers to increase their growth by reskilling...
  2. A strategic alliance between Industry Capability Network Limited (ICNL) and Connecting Industry is poised to make it easier for Australian suppliers to connect with major project supply chains.
    The event partnership is designed to assist the resource and construction sectors to access the latest...
  3. Tente’s range, designs and practices prioritise safety, ergonomics and efficiency.
    Ease of mobility and a clean, modern design are both necessary when creating products for use in schools and universities. For teachers and their often rowdy students, building a sturdy chair or table starts from the ground up.
    That’s where Tente comes in. Since 1923, Tente’s range, designs and...