Varsities push on with alliance talks
27 May 2003  The Press

[ back ] [ NZC News Archive ]


By TARA ROSS

Massey University's council will consider a concept paper on an alliance with Lincoln University as early as next week.

The university's Vice-Chancellor, Judith Kinnear, confirmed yesterday that a concept paper identifying the benefits of collaboration would go before the council's meeting next Friday.

"Following council's consideration, it is envisaged that we would start a period of consultation with internal and external stakeholders," she said.

Professor Kinnear and Lincoln University Vice-Chancellor Frank Wood met Canterbury tertiary institution heads in Christchurch last Friday to discuss their partnership, and reassured the meeting that talks were limited to co-operation in their land-based programmes.

Professor Kinnear said yesterday that a "collaborative alignment" would bring together the powerhouses of two key universities, whose teaching and research covered land-based industries and technologies and the potential commercial developments that flowed from them.

"As Lincoln University's Vice-Chancellor Frank Wood has noted, it makes sense for us to discuss working together on how we best combine our resources to meet the needs of industry and the New Zealand economy."

Tertiary Education Minister Steve Maharey applauded the universities' informal talks, saying the kind of partnership envisaged was just the thing the Government was keen on encouraging.