Professor Emma Johnston.
Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research) Professor Emma Johnston said: “The Future Qubit Foundry will leverage the University of Sydney’s research leadership in advanced quantum technologies and put us at the forefront of next-generation design of qubits, the heart of quantum computers.
“Crucially, it will also help ensure Australia can train the quantum workforce needed to operate tomorrow’s quantum tech.”
The announcement came on the eve of the Quantum Australia conference hosted by the Sydney Quantum Academy, a collaboration between the University of Sydney, UNSW, Macquarie University, UTS and the NSW Government.
Quantum computers operating at scale promise to solve intractable problems in drug design, cryptography and engineering outside the reach of classical computing. CSIRO predicts that quantum technology will be a $6 billion industry in Australia by 2045, employing 19,400 people.
Professor Johnston said: “By training the very best quantum technologists, the University will deliver tangible benefits to the Australian economy. And it will lock us into global supply chains as quantum computers come into their own.”
The University's impressive quantum infrastructure already acts as a beacon to attract world-class researchers to Sydney.