USP Deputy Vice-Chancellor Research and International, Professor Derrick Armstrong; Director of IRD Centre of Noumea, Mr Georges de Noni and French Ambassador His Excellency Michael Djokovic during the MOU signing.
The University of the South Pacific (USP) and the Institute for Research Development signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU), which is designed to foster a friendly relationship through mutual cooperation in teaching, research, business incubation and training for a four year term.
The MOU was signed during the Pacific-Europe Network for Science, Technology and Innovation (PACE-Net Plus) bi-regional dialogue platform at the Tanoa International Hotel in Nadi on 30 June 2016.
This MOU builds on the previous MOU between USP and IRD and is aligned with the objectives of the Pacific Island University Research Network (PIURN) consortium.
As part of the signing, the two institutions entered into an official agreement, in order to encourage exchange of students, lecturers and researchers, to promote collaboration and partnerships in Science, Social Studies, Economics, Law, Education, Culture and innovation, therefore contributing to the individual and common development of USP and IRD.
Some possible areas of partnership include, reinforced collaboration on joint research programmes and projects, student and staff exchange programmes, joint seminars, conferences and workshops, innovative links between Science, Social Studies and Economics and development of joint business incubators if and when possible.
Director of IRD Centre of Noumea, Mr Georges de Noni said that through the mixing of joint capacities for both institutions and using excellent tools like research and training, IRD and USP could contribute to the aid for development in specific context, including global issues like climate change.
“Today, we know, researchers and consequently policy makers lack sufficient data and they need more of these to help them understand better dynamics and politics to manage and respond concretely to social demand and risks,” Mr Noni said.
USP Deputy Vice-Chancellor Research and International, Professor Derrick Armstrong welcomed the MOU on a positive note.
Professor Armstrong added that the partnership with IRD will boost the University’s research office by bringing greater collaboration between the two institutions, a wide range of projects and interdisciplinary collaboration.
“The MOU aims to benefit the University, its students and the region as a whole,” he said.
According to the French Ambassador, His Excellency Michael Djokovic the MOU signing has strengthened the relationship between USP and IRD.
His Excellency Djokovic further stated that one of the aims of the MOU is for both the institutions to cooperate in areas of research, Innovation, training and capacity building.
IRD also signed a MOU with the National University of Samoa.
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