Massey woos new links with China

Last updated 12:00 26/09/2012
Jianfeng Gao
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LINKING WITH MASSEY: Professor Jianfeng Gao, left, from Shihezi University and Professor Jun Gu, from Peking University are part of a Chinese delegation at Massey University discussing closer links.

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An agreement between Massey University and two universities in China will mean more opportunities for all of them, Massey Professor of Animal Health Hugh Blair says.

Peking and Shihezi universities and Massey have signed a memorandum of understanding, which would pave the way for more student and staff flow and greater co-operation between the three partners, Peking University vice-president Li Yansong said.

The long-term objective is to bring Massey and China closer together.

Economic growth in China has slowed from 12 per cent to about 7 per cent, but it is still a major buyer of New Zealand food products.

Eleven officials from the universities and the China Scholarship Council came to visit Massey and the Manawatu region.

Prof Blair said Massey had worked closely with Shihezi University, in the past as the western Chinese university wanted to be a centre for sheep research for Eurasia.

Massey and Peking universities were hoping to find some fundamental science projects that would enable them to work more closely together.

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- Manawatu Standard

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