Mr Hasmukh Lal, Executive Director of Pacific Technical and Further Education (Pacific TAFE) and Mr Jason Matangi, Wintec’s International Director after the signing.
The University of the South Pacific (USP) and Waikato Institute of Technology (Wintec) have strengthened ties following the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) on 29 August, 2017.
Under the MOU, the two (2) educational institutes will take advantage of international cooperation in areas such as academic improvement, research and human resource development. Currently they hold a mutually beneficial relationship which, developed through strategic discussion and sharing of ideas.
Mr Jason Matangi, International Director; Ms Tamar Porat, International Business Development Manager; and Mr Inde King, Project Manager, International Business from Wintec visited the University to engage with relevant sections of USP and find out more about its work while at the same time USP learnt of Wintec’s programmes and initiatives.
While signing the MOU, Mr Hasmukh Lal, Executive Director of Pacific Technical and Further Education (Pacific TAFE) expressed the University’s sincere gratitude to Wintec for its support and consideration in having this agreement with USP.
Mr Lal said the signing of this MOU is timely, as it will enable both parties to strengthen their regional cooperation and collaborate further in areas of strategic direction for both institutions.
Mr Matangi said Wintec is moving towards a new five-year development plan which focuses on internationalisation, and the MOU signing, which signifies development in the Pacific, is key to their engagement with the region.
Both institutions, he noted, recognise the importance of international cooperation in the areas of research, HR development and academic improvement in the Pacific region.
Potential areas of strategic discussion and cooperation may include, but are not limited to:
• Professional, academic and student exchange;
• Developing basic and applied research proposals to be presented to external funding agencies;
• Developing proposals for collaborative activities/projects to be presented to external funding agencies, where viable funding opportunities are identified by the Parties;
• Promoting scientific, educational and cultural activities such as short courses, conferences, seminars, workshops and symposiums of common interest to both Parties;
• Providing mutual assistance through the participation of personnel or use of equipment for the training of academic staff and administrative personnel for the development of projects;
• Developing jointly accredited programmes, where a suitable business case is approved by each Institute; and
• Encouraging the great educational benefits students can derive from studying abroad; therefore both Parties will promote student transfers between institutions and where appropriate, support this through formal exchange and pathway arrangements.
Mr Lal added that USP’s Pacific TAFE will actively participate in this partnership due to strong synergy in the business nature of both parties. Pacific TAFE will work on possible development of joint project programmes and on pathways.
The team from Wintec University will be traveling to Samoa in the first week of September and will visit USP’s School of Agriculture and Food Technology (SAFT) in Apia to discuss potential collaborations between Wintec Centre for Science and Primary Industries and SAFT.
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