Issue 9 - October 5, 2009 enews homee

Formalised partnership to broaden north’s research scope

Kimberley Tafe and CDU sign agreement

The agreement signing between Kimberley TAFE Managing Director Karen Dickinson and CDU Vice-Chancellor Professor Barney Glover

By Row Booker

Charles Darwin University and the Kimberley TAFE have strengthened their relationship with a Memorandum of Understanding.

The agreement was signed by CDU Vice-Chancellor Professor Barney Glover and Kimberley TAFE Managing Director Karen Dickinson, who said it reaffirmed a long-standing partnership between the two organisations to support the delivery of VET, Higher Education and research activities in areas of common interest.

Ms Dickinson said the two institutions shared a number of geographic and demographic interests and challenges, and had undertaken joint projects in the past.

“This signing is all about revisiting and strengthening our existing partnership as well as exploring further opportunities for collaboration in the future,” she said.

Professor Glover spoke of how the MoU nurtured shared goals in providing effective delivery of education within regional and remote areas of Northern Australia.

He also spoke of how this formalised partnership would benefit research opportunities particularly in the marine science field. Kimberley TAFE is home to the impressive Broome Aquaculture Centre which provides training and commercial support to promote the aquaculture industry in the Kimberley.

This centre has an established history of supporting and undertaking research across a range of fields whilst also fostering interest in the diverse marine science field.