Indonesian MOU partner visits Massey

Pictured front row from left: Dr Dwi Rachmina, Professor Yusman Syaukat, Professor Fawzi Lawwad, Dr Tanti Novianti; back row: Dr Ahyar Ismail, Professor Gounder, Dr Lukman Bagga, Dr Muhammad Najib, Angela Drake and Ha-Lien Ton

Staff from Massey University’s School of Economics and Finance hosted a delegation from Bogor Agricultural University at the University’s Manawatū campus last week.

A Memorandum of Understanding currently stands between the two universities and the visit provided an opportunity to discuss future partnerships, research collaborations, staff and student exchanges and joint degree programmes.

The delegation also took time to meet with postgraduate students undertaking research projects in the areas of agriculture, economic growth and socio-economic development.

Earlier this year Professor Rukmani Gounder, from School of Economics and Finance, spent a month at Bogor Agricultural University’ Faculty of Economics and Management as a visiting researcher. Her visit, which was the result of a Te Puna Whakatipu grant, allowed her to undertake research for a paper on agri-products and trade in the Asia-Pacific region that she presented at the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation meeting in Vietnam in February.

Professor Gounder says Massey’s and Bogor Agricultural University’s respective country's commonalities have supported a successful partnership.

“Both New Zealand and Indonesia share the common research areas of economic growth, agricultural and economic development, agri-business, agri-commerce, entrepreneurship, and social development. Both institutions have a responsibility to join with others to gain useful insights and produce strong case studies that will help our nations and other counties to address concerns relating to these areas of economic growth.”

Previously part of the University of Indonesia, the Bogor Agricultural University’s was established in 1963.

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