Murdoch signs MoU with Africa-focused research institute QGRL

January 27, 2015

Professor David Morrison (left) with Professor Kevin Chika Urama

Murdoch University has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with an independent research organisation which aids the development of economies in African countries.

The agreement with Quantum Global Research Lab (QGRL), which is based in Zug, Switzerland, formalises the collaborative efforts between the two institutions in the areas of education, research and training.

Murdoch and QGRL will establish joint research and training programs for key representatives from the African nations they work with as part of the MoU.

Several co-hosted PhD student roles will be created to support joint research efforts into the development of innovative macroeconomic models for selected African economies.

The MoU will also create opportunities for knowledge exchange between the staff of the two institutions.

Deputy Vice Chancellor Research and Development Professor David Morrison said the signing of the MoU was an exciting development for African-based research at Murdoch.

“It will offer us the opportunity to translate our accumulated knowledge into practice in our various areas of strength such as public policy, agriculture, mining and inclusive development policy,” said Professor Morrison.

“Members of Murdoch’s trans-disciplinary Africa Research Group have been focused on African research questions in some cases for more than three decades. They are excited about the opportunities this partnership will bring to their projects, research strands and collaborators in Africa.

“We hope the partnership will help us to make a significant impact, not only in Africa, but also in other countries around the globe.”

Professor Kevin Chika Urama, Managing Director and Head of Research at QGRL, said: “It is a great pleasure and privilege to start this institutional engagement with Murdoch University, a University with requisite skills and experiences in key sectors of the African economy including sustainable agriculture and the extractive industries.

“QGRL hopes to leverage skills and experiences from Murdoch University and other partners to advance original thinking and novel insights on the economics of inclusive development in Africa.”

The MoU was signed during a ceremony at the QGRL offices in Zug, Switzerland earlier this month and was attended by Professor Morrison, David Doepel, Chair of the Africa Research Group, Professor Urama and Dr Fernando Barbi, Senior Macroeconomist at QGRL.

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