Greetings from the Australian national University in Canberra, where staff from Ford are discussing research collaboration. This is the day after Ford announced it would cease will cease local manufacturing in October 2016. However, research and development will continue in Australia for products manufactured internationally.
Ford has research centers in the USA, Germany, and China. Also there are Ford alliances with MIT, Michigan, Stanford, RWTH Archen. There are also framework alliances with six Chinese universities. ANU has had several research projects with Ford. The issue was how this could be expanded.