MathWorks has announced that four of Australia’s leading universities have signed up to receive Total Academic Headcount (TAH) Licenses in 2013.
This move by Victoria University, Macquarie University, Flinders University, and the University of Tasmania is driven by growing demand for data modelling and simulation software in areas beyond engineering such as health sciences and economics.
With STEM skills continuing to be a focus for Australia’s tertiary education sector, 18 Australian universities now subscribe to MathWorks TAH licences, which provide students, faculty and teachers with unlimited and open access to MATLAB software both on-campus and from home.
Richard Miller, IT Specialist, Macquarie University explains that they need to give their students a strong base in industry-standard tools to foster innovation in their academic community, from science and technology to business and economics. Their TAH licence will allow them to make MATLAB available to students anywhere and at any time, via their online iLab platform, making it easier for teams to collaborate and develop solutions.
Each TAH licence also includes access to course materials, interactive tutorials, and other MathWorks-authored resources designed to boost skills in MATLAB and Simulink. Both tools are being applied across a growing range of industries where data modelling and simulation promise to improve yield, efficiency, and analysis of complex problems.
Professor John Roddick, Dean of the Computer Science Engineering and Mathematics School at Flinders University says the TAH licence means all university researchers can now take advantage of MATLAB’s data modelling capabilities, in a way that’s still cost-effective and fully compliant for the university.
Dr Coorous Mohtadi, MathWorks comments that the surging demand for STEM skills goes beyond Australia’s ICT sector to industries such as health, finance, and mining, which are relying more than ever before on capturing, analysing, and acting upon data to maintain their competitive edge.
More than 400 tertiary institutions worldwide use MathWorks TAH licences.