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Strengthening ties between Australia and South Africa

University Pretoria campus and Murdoch University chancellery building

Murdoch University has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the University of Pretoria to advance international understanding, share learning and strengthen cultural ties between nations.

The signing of the MoU will see the two institutions collaborate on research projects in areas of mutual interest. It will encourage academic collaboration, including the exchange of faculty and administrative staff, student exchange, collaborative research and more.

Murdoch University Vice Chancellor, Professor Eeva Leinonen said the two universities share many characteristics – especially in areas of research strength.

“Our focus on health, food and the environment mirror many of those of the University of Pretoria, paving the way for close and productive collaborations that tackle issues of global importance,” Professor Leinonen said.

“These important synergies lay the foundation for an even stronger relationship between our two institutions and between Australia and South Africa.”

Also signed was an agreement to offer a Joint Doctoral Degree Program.

This new program seeks to broaden the scope of the academic curriculum and provide a unique learning experience for students including studying abroad.

The Joint Doctoral Degree Program will build upon existing research collaborations and relationships already established between the two institutions, including co-publication of research, joint research projects and research grants, joint research centres and staff exchanges.

As part of the agreement, students enrolled as part of the program will be supervised by academics from both universities. Students will also spend alternate periods at each institution and will graduate with a single degree jointly awarded by both.

Vice Chancellor and Principal of the University of Pretoria, Professor Tawana Kupe said he was excited at the prospect of greater collaboration between the two universities.

“I am very pleased that the joint doctoral degree agreement between our institutions is also ready for signature, further signifying our intention to have tangible outcomes from this collaboration,” Professor Kupe said.

“Our academics, researchers and students await the opportunity to engage their peers in our respective campuses. I am envisaging active exchange programmes, visiting scholars, joint supervision, joint research activities and professional staff development initiatives following this MoU.”

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29 Sep 2020

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