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"Town hall and gown"

"Town hall and gown"
August 17, 2005

The Auckland University of Technology (AUT) and the North Shore City Council have joined forces for the city's good.

The two organisations signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU), ensuring greater co-ordination on issues of mutual interest and concern.

AUT Chancellor Sir Paul Reeves, Pro Vice-Chancellor (North Shore) Professor Max Abbott, North Shore City Mayor George Wood and Chief Executive John Brockies signed the MOU at AUT's North Shore Campus on Akoranga Drive.

At the signing, Professor Abbott commented on the significant number of North Shore City residents who study at both AUT campuses. "Of the approximately 7000 students at Akoranga, 50 per cent live north of the bridge while North Shore City contributes a further 20 per cent of the student population at Wellesley Street," he said.

Mr Wood said that North Shore City was the best place in the country to live, play and study.

"We've got an outstanding academic track record in our city. AUT is our city's first university and it's doing a great job. This is essential as our innovative, entrepreneurial businesses need talented graduates."

Mr Brockies acknowledged the longstanding friendship between the council and the university.

"This will strengthen the ties between town hall and gown. We're proud of the contribution that AUT makes to North Shore City and it is increasingly important to our local economy," he said. In the MOU, the council and AUT have agreed to work together to ensure that North Shore City's community has its interests and views fairly represented. So far this includes collaboration on transport projects, including the Northern Busway, and a range of environmental initiatives. The council has employed many graduates from AUT over the years and senior management serve on the university's professional advisory panels.

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