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University of Western Australia Enhances Indian Ocean Research

25 September 2014, at 1:00am

AUSTRALIA - An executive team from The University of Western Australia (UWA) visited the University of Mauritius last week, signing a Memorandum of Understanding to enhance relations between the two Universities in Indian Ocean research.

UWA Oceans Institute Deputy Director Winthrop Professor Shaun Collin and General Manager Tracy Parker travelled to Mauritius to discuss the scope of the collaboration between the two Universities and meet with leading research institutions.

The agreement was signed at the Ocean Economy Event in Mauritius on Monday 15 September, to an audience of over 100 Ministers, Ambassadors, Government officials and university executives.

The Ocean Economy was a high level dialogue on the Mauritian Government's Ocean Economy Roadmap, a long-term management plan for the Indian Ocean between neighbouring countries.

Present to witness the signing was Julie Bishop MP, Foreign Minister of Australia in her role as Representative of Australia as Chair of the Indian Ocean Rim Association.

The University of Western Australia will contribute to the Mauritian Government's Ocean Economy Roadmap by collaborating with The University of Mauritius to develop and exchange knowledge through new university courses, the supervision of PhD students and joint research.

The two Universities, through the UWA Oceans Institute and the Faculty of Ocean Studies, will now seek opportunities for integrated research in the Indian Ocean in emerging research areas such as ocean engineering, aquaculture, ocean forecasting, marine energy and marine ecology.

Deputy Director Shaun Collin said: "This international partnership continues the approach to collaborative research required to achieve the vision of the UWA Oceans Institute, ‘Ocean Solutions for Humanity's Grand Challenges', and produce benefits and desired outcomes for both countries - now and in the future."

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