Colombian collaborations beckon

Massey University delegation meeting with Universida de Antioquia. From left: Javievra Visedo (ENZ), Hernando Munoz Sanches, Elvia Maria González Agudelo, Sandra Mohl-De-Vallejo, Kerry Taylor, Edison Neira-Palacio, John Francisco Londoño Osorio, Ariana Gonzalex Moncada, Tim Croft, John O’Neill.

Massey University and the Universidad de Antioquia Colombia have just signed a Memorandum of Understanding aimed at promoting collaboration across academic fields ranging from indigenous experience to education.

Head of the School of Humanities Associate Professor Kerry Taylor says the agreement will help strengthen relations between Colombia and New Zealand.

“Our discussions with Universidad de Antioquia indicate that our universities share a lot in common as progressive public institutions with a focus on making a positive different in our societies. We share a tradition of applied research addressing real world issues and have a role in building strong, inclusive and prosperous communities.”

Universidad de Antioquia is the oldest public university in Colombia, and has its main campus in Medellin.

Associate Professor Kerry Taylor with Edison Neira-Palacio, John Francisco Londoño Osorio and Hernando Munoz Sanches from UdeA.

The new agreement will promote collaboration between academic staff initially in the humanities and social sciences. There will be plenty of opportunities for students too, Dr Taylor says.

“Student mobility is also part of the plan. We are creating opportunities for Massey students to study in Colombia and for Colombian students to study at Massey. A short study tour to Universidad de Antioquia is planned for next year.”

Universidad de Antioquia Vice-Chancellor Edison Neira says New Zealand is strengthening ties with Colombia through avenues such as trade liberalisation and academic collaboration. “This deal will help significantly strengthen international relations,” he says.

Market development manager for Education New Zealand Javiera Visedo says Colombia is a strategic ally for New Zealand.

“Although the relationship will initially focus on the field of humanities and social sciences, it is expected that it will expand to other areas such as science and agriculture, which are subject strengths of both universities, says Mr Visedo.


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