University signs MOU with Watercare
Having worked closely on a range of projects for a number of years, including student internships, education, research and innovation, the two institutions have formalised their working relationships with the signing of the collaboration agreement.
Professor Kobus van Zyl holds the Watercare Chair in Infrastructure at Waipapa Taumata Rau, University of Auckland. He said that cooperating on matters of mutual interest offered many benefits and the MOU was building on existing relationships.
“There is a growing awareness of the importance of collaboration between universities and infrastructure providers, and the ways in which their respective strengths can be combined to create synergies.,” he said.
“Management of the three waters is one of the crucial issues facing this city and in fact most cities around the world. By combining data, skills, and research we can make a significant contribution together”,
Professor van Zyl said that the shared areas of interest also went beyond research and innovation.
“Both organisations are aware of the key role that engineering plays in serving the wider community and aspire to build a more diverse industry – including encouraging Māori, Pacific, and women into the workforce.”