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Friday, January 22, 2021

University and City solidify partnership

Intra-city cooperation received a boost as two of Newcastle’s major players came together to form a new partnership.

The University of Newcastle and City of Newcastle have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU), which cements their partnership for cooperation on regional issues.

It was signed yesterday (Thursday 17 December) by Lord Mayor Nuatali Nelmes and University of Newcastle vice-chancellor, professor Alex Zelinsky, and establishes a framework for collaboration to ensure Newcastle’s future as a globally connected, innovative, and sustainable city.

Cr Nelmes said the partners were focused on projects that build economic and social resilience.

“Newcastle is a sustainable and liveable global city, anchored by a world-leading university, which shares a mutual interest in exploring opportunities which enhance innovation through sharing knowledge, research, and data,” she said.

“Of particular interest to both partners is exploring opportunities for student engagement, with a view to creating a welcoming experience, so students go on to be lifelong ambassadors for our region.    

“Collaboration will focus on our strategic alignment between the city and university in research; industry engagement and exchange; student engagement, city and university alumni; specialist scholarly advice; learning and cultural events; and data sharing.”

Cr Nelmes added that working alongside key regional organisations, like the University of Newcastle, would be critical in ensuring the best outcomes for the city.

“Cooperation will also further our shared reconciliation agenda and be embedded in the values of equity, excellence, engagement, and sustainability,” she said.

“City of Newcastle looks forward to strengthening our relationship with the university and utilising this important partnership to the benefit of the city whilst reflecting the spirit and intent of collaboration, transparency, respect, and innovation.”

Professor Zelinsky commented the partnership between the two parties will be beneficial to the community.

“We are a university of our region, for our region,” he said.

“Indeed, City of Newcastle and the community have been pivotal in the establishment of the university as a leading city institution. 

“I’m very pleased to cement our university’s ongoing partnership through this MoU.”