Local Govt | National News Video | Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Search


Universities and APEC Forge Closer Links

Rt Hon Don McKinnon
New Zealand Minister for International Trade
Chair, APEC Ministerial Meeting

"APEC will work with universities throughout the Asia-Pacific region to investigate joint science, technology and human resources development projects," the Rt Hon Don McKinnon said today.
APEC Ministers agreed to ask the Asia Pacific Rim Universities (APRU) to establish regular dialogue with two of its working groups: the APEC Human Resources Development Working Group; and the Industrial Science and Technology Working Group.
Mr McKinnon said the APRU initiative will help APEC Working Groups gain access to a prestigious regional grouping of universities with a wide range of expertise.
"This is an innovative development that could be emulated elsewhere in APEC. It is an example of how APEC can work with outside organisations to pursue practical outcomes," Mr McKinnon said.
APRU has also developed the APRUNet, a University-based next generation regional Internet system. It will seek to interface APRUNet with APEC.
APRU is made up of chief executives from 36 of the largest research universities in APEC economies. It was set up two years ago and last year established an APRU-APEC Committee to advise on areas such as science, technology and human resources.
Auckland University is the only New Zealand University represented in APRU.
In April this year APRU put forward a proposal outlining its interest in pursuing cooperation with APEC in 4 specific areas: human capital; technology transfer; sustainable development; and ¡¥big science¡¦ (investment made to benefit regional scientific cooperation).
For further enquiries contact:
Press Secretary, Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade
Jo Coughlan
Phone 025 405082

© Scoop Media

Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines


Also, Loan Interest: Productivity Commission On Tertiary Education

Key recommendations include better quality control; making it easier for students to transfer between courses; abolishing University Entrance; enabling tertiary institutions to own and control their assets; making it easier for new providers to enter the system; and facilitating more and faster innovation by tertiary education providers... More>>


Higher Payments: Wellington Regional Council Becomes A Living Wage Employer

Councillor Sue Kedgley said she was delighted that the Wellington Regional Council unanimously adopted her motion to become a Living Wage employer, making it the first regional council in New Zealand to do so. More>>


Scoop Images:
Dame Patsy Reddy Sworn In As Governor-General

This morning Dame Patsy Reddy was sworn in as the New Zealand Realm’s 21st Governor-General. The ceremony began with a pōwhiri to welcome Dame Patsy and her husband Sir David Gascoigne to Parliament. More>>


Ruataniwha: DOC, Hawke's Bay Council Developer Take Supreme Court Appeal

The Department of Conservation and Hawke's Bay Regional Investment Company (HBRIC) are appealing to the Supreme Court over a conservation land swap which the Court of Appeal halted. More>>


With NZ's Marama Davidson: Women’s Flotilla Leaves Sicily – Heading For Gaza

Women representing 13 countries spanning five continents began their journey yesterday on Zaytouna-Oliva to the shores of Gaza, which has been under blockade since 2007. On board are a Nobel Peace Laureate, three parliamentarians, a decorated US diplomat, journalists, an Olympic athlete, and a physician. A list of the women with their background can be found here. More>>

Gordon Campbell: On The Key Style Of Crisis Management

At Monday’s post Cabinet press conference Key was in his finest wide- eyed “Problem? What problem?” mode. No, there wasn’t really a problem that top MPI officials had been at odds with each other over the meaning of the fisheries policy and how that policy should be pursued... More>>


Mt Roskill: Greens Will Not Stand In Likely Post-Goff By-Election

“The Green Party’s priority is changing the Government in 2017, and as part of that we’ve decided that we won’t stand a candidate in the probable Mt Roskill by-election... This decision shows the Memorandum of Understanding between Labour and the Green Party is working." More>>


Get More From Scoop



Search Scoop  
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news