Professor Deep Saini (L) and Professor Pal Ahluwalia following the signing of the USP-UC MoU.
A delegation from The University of the South Pacific (USP), led by Professor Pal Ahluwalia, Vice-Chancellor and President paid a courtesy visit to the University of Canberra (UC) on Friday, 24 May 2019.
The delegation was received by Professor Deep Saini, Vice-Chancellor and President of UC and key senior officials of UC including Professor Dharmendra Sharma, Chair of Academic Board and Professor of Computer Science; Dr Scott Heyes, Associate Professor Landscape Architecture; and Mr Frank Guo, International Relations Officer.
Both Professor Ahluwalia and Professor Saini acknowledged the huge potential for collaboration between the two Universities to benefit the lives of the Pacific people and noted that the signing of the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) has significant potential for further development of the existing relationship between USP and UC.
The signed MOU is for a duration three years and focusses on key strategic areas of cooperation including:
1. Cyber Security and Forensics targeting the establishment of the Pacific Centre for Cyber Security;
2. Environment and Climate Change;
3. Pacific Heritage Hub;
4. Engineering; and
5. ICT, Teacher Education, Research and Innovation.
The VC’s agreed that further potential for cooperation in areas of mutual interest include Forensic Sciences, Forensic Accounting; Data Sciences and Analytics; Health Sciences; and Sports Development.
The signing of this MOU paves a platform for specific engagements between these Universities in the agreed areas and exchange of expertise to support research and technical programmes through signing of Letters of Agreement and commitment of funding and human resources.
For USP, the key technical aspects of the agreement will be led by Professor Derrick Armstrong, Deputy Vice-Chancellor Research, Innovation and International, while Professor Dharmendra Sharma is the key responsible official for UC.
Professor Ahluwalia invited Professor Saini to visit USP before his departure from UC in the hopes to pursue new opportunities of collaboration.
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