Trade links between Nelson and China have strengthened with a third education partnership deal signed between the Nelson Marlborough Institute of Technology and a top-ranked university in China.
Nelson Regional Economic Development Agency (EDA) chief executive Bill Findlater said an education exchange arrangement has been made with Hubei Polytechnic University in Nelson's sister city Huangshi.
Mr Findlater has just returned from China with Nelson Mayor Aldo Miccio to follow up business development opportunities forged over the past year. The Nelson delegation met with NMIT's representative in China to help with the discussion.
Chief executive Tony Gray confirmed a partnership deal had been signed, adding to NMIT's existing partnership arrangements with the Hunan University of Technology and Zhejiang Water Conservancy and Hydropower College.
The latest partnership was yet to be signed off by the local education authority, but it was hoped it would be up and running by the start of the 2013 academic year, Mr Gray said.
- The Marlborough Express