Two premier institutions in Lae City have formalised instruments to foster a much greater partnership in agriculture research and training.
The National Agricultural Research Institute (NARI) and the PNG University of Technology (Unitech) signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) on August 2 2012 to continue their partnership in the next 10 years in sharing of resources and expertise in order to improve their programmes.
The MOU was signed by NARI Director General, Dr Raghunath Ghodake, and Unitech Vice Chancellor Dr Albert Scharm at the NARI Headquarters at Bubia, Lae, and was witnessed by heads of departments, senior management and staff of both institutions.
Dr Ghodake said both institutions now have comparative advantage through this partnership through sharing of resources and knowledge through their training and research initiatives to enhance the development of human resources and research capacity. Dr Scharm shared the same sentiments, adding that the partnership was an opportunity to support PNG agriculture, given that agricultural research was important for the country.
The MOU contains specific objectives which include:
- visits by academics/scientists to share expertise and engage in collaborative research, teaching, training and extension activities,
- unitech students to undertake industrial training at NARI,
- NARI staff to pursue advanced graduate studies at Unitech,
- sharing of and access to research laboratories, specialised instrumentation and equipment, and farm or field facilities for joint and collaborative research, teaching, training and extension activities, and
- exchange of academic publications and scholarly information.
Both institutions have agreed to provide the necessary resources to facilitate any collaborative work that falls under the MOU, which was an extension from an earlier one in 2003.