The College of New Caledonia (CNC) has formed the groundwork for a co-operative program promoting scholarly activities with the signing of a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with Western Sydney University (WSU).
The MOU, which the two institutions signed Jan. 24, provides a framework for potential future joint activities between the two post-secondary institutions, such as the development of programs within education-related disciplines, as well as the exchange of students and instructors for learning or research programs.
“As the world is changing and becoming more global, this gives students and employees at CNC the opportunity for exchanges, joint research and curriculum development,” CNC president Henry Reiser says in a press release.
The MOU also encourages a joint exploration and development of engagement programs and activities focused on Indigenous students and communities.
“CNC has vast experience working with First Nations communities,” says Reiser. “This MOU is an opportunity to work with WSU on enhancing the educational experience of Indigenous students in both countries.”
Based in Sydney, Australia, WSU is ranked among the top two per cent of universities in the world. WSU is the first Australian post-secondary institution with which CNC has signed an MOU.
“We are very pleased to formalize our relationship with CNC and strengthen our international partnerships in North America,” said Professor Barney Glover, president of WSU. “Western Sydney University is looking forward to building student and staff exchange opportunities with the College of New Caledonia, particularly related to First Nations peoples in our two countries.”