North Australian Universities Launch New Alliance | Queensland Country Life
Northern Australia is expected to benefit from the combined academic and research powers of its three main universities, with the signing of a memorandum of understanding for the establishment of the Northern Australia Universities Alliance (NAUA).
Under the newly signed MOU, James Cook University, Charles Darwin University and Central Queensland University will partner on projects that support the social, environmental and economic development of northern Australia.
The three universities will seek joint funding opportunities, share knowledge, offer integrated education and training courses and work on research projects that benefit agriculture, regional health, water security. , renewable energy and the results of indigenous leadership in the north.
JCU Vice-Chancellor Professor Sandra Harding said the new alliance will harness the collective knowledge of the three universities for the benefit of North Australia in the future.
“Our aspiration is to grow and deploy our collective strengths, expertise and presence to develop and retain the skills and capacities of industry and the community in Northern Australia,” said Professor Harding.
“Being based in the north, the three universities share both the context and the operational challenges that are unique to northern Australia to provide these communities for years to come.”
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CDU Vice-Chancellor Professor Scott Bowman said the partnership between the three universities would explore and advance strategic opportunities that would significantly benefit northern Australia.
“We know there is a real benefit to working with other universities in the north to have a positive impact on communities in northern Australia,” said Prof Bowman.
“By creating a collaborative alliance, we can realize our vision to be Australia’s most connected university and make a difference in communities across the Northern Territory and Northern Australia.”
As part of the NAUA, a North Australia Workforce Strategy will be developed to meet the needs of the labor market in the north in the areas of health, social services, education, agriculture, mining, renewable energy, environment, disaster resilience, tourism and digital capabilities.
CQ University Vice Chancellor Professor Nick Klomp said the partnership was a good example of institutions working together for the future of northern Australia.
“Northern Australia has agricultural, mineral, cultural and environmental riches that are the envy of the rest of the country. It is time that we put our academic and research expertise at the service of North Australia to truly boost its potential for growth and development.
“We are confident that northern Australia will grow stronger over the next few years through this collaboration,” said Prof Klomp.
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