Two Australian universities and two European universities will offer a world-first master’s degree course in biofabrication.
AAP reports that the degree, launched on Friday, will be available through Queensland University of Technology, University of Wollongong, the Netherlands’ University Medical Center Utrecht and Germany’s University of Wurzberg.
Biomanufacturing uses 3D printers to make biodegradable plastic scaffolds out of tissue. These are injected with stem cells and have new tissue grow around them. The scaffolds then dissolve.
Professor Gordon Wallace of the University of Wollongong’s ARC Centre of Excellence for Electromaterials Science said the venture was an example of Australian resources and expertise being displayed on a global stage.
The two-year, two-degree program would admit 10 students to universities, Professor Dietmar W. Hutmacher of QUT told Business Insider. The program would equip students with globally-relevant, multi-disciplinary skills, he said.
“This degree is a vital step in ensuring Australia is a high-value, high-tech manufacturer in the future,” Hutmacher told Business Insider.
“Graduates will be at the forefront of an industry that will always be in high demand given the ageing of populations around the world and which cannot be easily replicated by any other country.”