Dr. Andrew Cleland, Chief Executive of RSNZ and Professor Rajesh Chandra, USP’s Vice-Chancellor and President.
Professor Rajesh Chandra, Vice-Chancellor and President of The University of the South Pacific (USP) met Dr. Andrew Cleland, Chief Executive of the Royal Society Te Apārangi in Wellington on 26 April 2017.
They discussed the potential for collaboration between the University and the Society in areas of research; publication by Pacific researchers in New Zealand journals, the potential benefits of civil engineering programmes at USP; and the potential for region-wide research collaboration.
Dr. Cleland mentioned that New Zealand is in a good position to work with USP in identifying potential partners for programmes addressing climate change and environment related civil engineering programmes if there is a demand for civil engineering by regional governments.
Professor Chandra stated that the University can only take on programmes for civil engineering if it is a priority for the region and additional infrastructural support for civil engineering programmes are available in particular from development partners.
It was agreed at the meeting that the Society and USP will seek to collaborate further in areas of research, support of research supervisors, and the potential establishment of a staff buddies programme; and publishing of quality research from USP in journals managed by the Society.
Professor Chandra added that USP is working towards establishing a formal structure for accrediting internal research supervisors and would request RSNZ assistance in possibly nominating panel members to support this important work.
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