THE University of Southern Queensland (USQ) has opened a new Centre for Agricultural Engineering (CAE), building on the advances in farm technology and innovation the university’s agricultural engineering division has been renowned for over many years.
The new centre, which has evolved from the National Centre for Engineering in Agriculture, signifies an expanding international outreach, focusing on delivering applied, practical and profitable research solutions in Australia and overseas.
CAE director, Professor Craig Baillie, said the new centre would align national and global industry needs and opportunities with the University’s considerable research capacity.
“The centre’s research focus identifies where advancements are likely to come in agriculture that will revolutionise farming systems and create opportunities for farming in Queensland,” Professor Baillie said.
“We believe global growth, prosperity and sustainability of agriculture is dependent on the advancement of innovation, technology and practices that will occur through engineering solutions.
“CAE will build on well-established research and raise this to a new level which is internationally-recognised while providing greater value to our research partners, communities and stakeholders particularly in Australia and around the world.”
USQ vice-chancellor, Professor Geraldine Mackenzie, said the announcement signalled a new era for USQ’s research to be recognised internationally as a leader in research and development.
“We are still the only university in Australia to offer an Agricultural Engineering degree and have a proud history of research in agricultural engineering that dates back to our origins and foundation of this institution more than 50 years ago,” Professor Mackenzie said.
“If we’re to meet global demands for food and fibre, many advancements are likely to come in agriculture through engineering-based solutions. USQ is already at the forefront of this and this announcement now positions us on an international stage.”