Queen's University

Queen’s joins new international network

 
2010-05-17

Queen’s University is one of the founding members of a new international network of universities. The Matariki Network of Universities (MNU) focuses on strong links between research and undergraduate teaching. Partner universities are committed to providing rich learning and an international student experience for all students, and strong stewardship through social and global responsibility.

 “In joining the MNU, Queen’s is committing to making a difference to the world we all share,” says Principal Daniel Woolf. “Exchanging ideas, expertise and best international practice will strengthen our commitment to a common culture of excellence in research, scholarship and a rounded education for the next generation of leaders.”

Potential activities for the newly formed network include:
• enhanced student exchange
• joint postgraduate programmes
• social responsibility projects
• research collaboration
• conferences and workshops on topics of mutual interest
• visiting fellowships
• faculty and staff exchange and secondments
• benchmarking and sharing of best practice, and
• cultural and sporting activities

Among its priorities, the MNU aims to collaborate on projects that promote international development.
Queen’s will host the first Matariki Network workshop – on alternative energy and its societal implications – later this year.

“Sustainability of energy supply and use has emerged as a priority for the university as it has for much of the world,” says John Dixon, Vice-Provost, International.” We look forward to exchanging ideas and learning from international best practises both in research and in application.”

MNU members are among the oldest and best universities in their countries. The seven founding partners are Dartmouth College (established 1769) in the USA; Durham University (1832) in England; Queen’s University (1841) in Canada; University of Otago (1869) in New Zealand; University of Tübingen (1477) in Germany; University of Western Australia (UWA) (1911) in Australia; and Uppsala University (1477) in Sweden.

A delegation from Uppsala University will visit Queen’s next month. The two universities, in addition to being founding members of MNU, have a history of student exchange. Since 1993, over 200 business and arts and science students – 100 in each direction – have participated in these programs.

Last week, Anthony Forster, Pro-Vice Chancellor (Education), Durham University, visited Queen’s to explore potential areas of collaboration between Durham and Queen’s.

The Matariki Network of Universities builds on Queen’s strategic partnerships and agreements with both the UWA (1994) and the University of Otago (2002).

‘Matariki’ is the Maori name for the group of stars called the Pleiades, which are also known as the Seven Sisters, and it is also the word for the Maori New Year, symbolising a new beginning.

For more information visit www.matarikinetwork.com.

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