Cementing a long-standing partnership, City of Newcastle has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the University of Newcastle, outlining their shared commitment to providing leadership and solidarity for the city on issues of regional significance and impact.
The MoU was signed last month by Lord Mayor Nuatali Nelmes and the University’s Vice Chancellor Professor Alex Zelinsky.
With a focus on projects that build economic and social resilience, the MoU sets out a framework for how the joint partners will collaborate towards developing a globally connected, innovative, equitable and sustainable city.
Lord Mayor Nuatali Nelmes said the City is focused on working collaboratively with other progressive organisations like the University, to deliver world class urban innovation outcomes through joint activities for the city.
“Newcastle is a sustainable and liveable global city, anchored by a world-leading University which shares a mutual interest in exploring opportunities which enhance innovation through sharing knowledge, research, and data,” Nuatali said.
Of particular interest to both partners is exploring opportunities for student engagement, with a view to creating a welcoming experience, so students go on to be lifelong ambassadors for the region.
“Collaboration will focus on our strategic alignment between the City and University in; research; industry engagement and exchange; student engagement, City and University Alumni; specialist scholarly advice; learning and cultural events; and data sharing,” she said.
“Cooperation will also further our shared Reconciliation agenda and be embedded in the values of equity, excellence, engagement and sustainability.
“City of Newcastle looks forward to strengthening our relationship with the University and utilising this important partnership to the benefit of the city whilst reflecting the spirit and intent of collaboration, transparency, respect, and innovation.”
University’s Vice Chancellor, Professor Alex Zelinsky said a stronger partnership between the University and City of Newcastle will benefit our community.
“We are a University of our region, for our region. Indeed, City of Newcastle and the community have been pivotal in the establishment of the University as a leading city institution. I’m very pleased to cement our University’s ongoing partnership through this MoU,” Alex said.
“This MoU is a commitment to work together on shared priorities, to find ways to tackle challenges in our communities together and to make sure that our region benefits from the strength and knowledge of a world-class university.
“Novocastrians have told us that they want us to provide leadership on issues that impact our regions, such as entrenched inequality and a transitioning economy. By working hand in hand with the City of Newcastle, we’ll better understand the needs and together be able to address the challenges.”
IMAGE | Vice Chancellor Professor Alex Zelinsky and Lord Mayor Nuatali Nelmes with signed MoU.