Universities of Lincoln and Canterbury sign MOU



Universities of Lincoln and Canterbury sign
MOU

Tuesday, August 21st

Lincoln University and
the University of Canterbury (UC) today jointly announce the
signing a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to keep New
Zeeland at the forefront of leading science on the mainland,
trade, management and design.

The agreement, signed by
the chancellors and vice-chancellors of the two
universities, will allow the parties to explore partnership
and fusion options to accelerate and improve Lincoln's
unique 140-year contribution to the land-bound sectors and
the broader economy, with a strong focus on meeting the
need of the sector for higher educated personnel through
education and world-class research.

The signing of the MOU
follows detailed discussions between Lincoln and the
Government about the restrictions to it
step-by-step change needed to make Lincoln grow faster and the
support needed to achieve the goals outlined in the previous one
year Transformation Board report.

Lincoln University
Chancellor Steve Smith says the government is strong
aimed at encouraging more people to study and work in the
land-based sectors, increasing productivity and development
solutions for current and future technological, social and
environmental challenges.

"We approached the university
Canterbury to explore new innovative partnership options, "
says Smith. "A simple fusion between Lincoln and
Canterbury can be ours, our partners and the
Ambitions from the government for Lincoln University and his
crucial role in the country-specific sectors. "

UC Chancellor
Dr. John Wood, says the University of Canterbury
vested interests in the country sectors and is
convinced that the parties will work together to create innovative
solutions to achieve the goals of the government: "The
University of Canterbury is ready and willing to work with
Lincoln University to the mutual benefit of both
universities and in the New Zealand resident
to interest."

Smith welcomed the government's commitment
to the Joint Facility of Lincoln University, a partnership
between with AgResearch and its collaboration initiatives
with Dairy NZ and other CRIs through BLinc Innovation
(formerly the Lincoln Hub). The fact that Lincoln has to
stay at the current location and keep the Lincoln identity,
brand and culture was an important bottom-line, he
adds.

Lincoln University vice-chancellor James McWha says
the MOU was the logical vehicle to guarantee New Zealand
land-based sector remained internationally competitive.
Deputy Chancellor of the University of Canterbury, Dr. ir. Rod Carr
adds that every new collaboration or arrangement must bring
additional benefits for both universities and demonstration
significant added value, not only for the institutions but also for
New Zealand.

Findings and recommendations that result from
the MOU is expected to be shared with the government by the
end of the
year.

ENDS/

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