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Gillard Government invests in 29 new research projects at Griffith Uni



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SENATOR THE HON CHRIS EVANS Leader of the Government in the Senate Minister for Tertiary Education, Skills, Science and Research

MEDIA RELEASE

6 November 2012

Gillard Government invests in 29 new research projects at Griffith Uni

Griffith University will receive almost $10 million from the Gillard Government for a range of new research projects, including creating a quantum computer capable of solving problems exponentially faster than any classical machine.

Visiting Griffith University’s Gold Coast campus today, Minister for Tertiary Education, Skills, Science and Research, Senator Chris Evans, said the Gillard Government is investing $9.4 million through the Australian Research Council for 29 new research projects.

“Researchers at Griffith University will use this funding on a broad range of research projects, including one to modify certain compounds to increase their level in human cells and maximise their anti-cancer effect,” Senator Evans said.

“These projects will help deliver solutions to national problems and improve the lives of Australians.”

Senator Evans also visited the university’s Institute for Glycomics, a world leader in carbohydrate-based research.

“The institute is helping Australian scientists to work with leading international scientists - it is the only one of its kind in Australia and only one of six in the world,” Senator Evans said.

“The Gillard Government recognises the vital contribution science and research makes in driving innovation and keeping Australia competitive.

“That’s why we’re investing more than $46 million in science and research capacity at Griffith University in 2012, an increase of 32 per cent over 2007.”

Senator Evans also met with students and staff at the campus, where the Government’s reforms are making university education more accessible to more Australians.

“The Gillard Government is committed to opening up opportunities to education to ensure we have the skilled workforce the Australian economy needs,” Senator Evans said.

“Since 2007, the number of students from a low-socioeconomic (SES) background at Griffith University has grown by 16.3 per cent, with more than 1,750 low-SES students commencing in 2011.

“The number of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students has doubled, with more than 200 students commencing in 2011.

“The Gillard Government is opening up the doors to universities and giving a record number of Australians the opportunity to access a higher education.”

Senator Evans’ Media Contact: Amy McKenna 0408 570 603