Murdoch strengthens ties with Asia

June 9, 2017

Murdoch University is playing a crucial role in developing relations between India and Australia

Murdoch University is playing a pivotal role in solidifying Australia’s relationship with India by exploring future agricultural collaboration opportunities.

Key figures from India’s agricultural, dairy and animal husbandry industries – led by his Excellency Mr O P Dhankar, Honourable Agricultural Minister, Government of Haryanatravelled to Murdoch’s Perth Campus to discuss the partnership.

The delegation from India met with Western Australian government representatives and senior leaders from Murdoch to discuss ways to promote and accelerate research and information sharing between the organisations.

Murdoch University Provost, Professor Andrew Taggart, said with Western Australia bordering Asia – coupled with Murdoch’s world-leading researchers – the University plays a crucial role in bridging the relationship development between the two continents.

“Haryana is a very progressive North Indian state with a strong focus on intensive agriculture, animal husbandry and dairy production. It is also one of the wealthiest states of India, with the third highest per capita income in the country,” Professor Taggart said.

“The state is one of the most economically developed regions in South Asia, and its agricultural and manufacturing industries have experienced sustained growth since the 1970s.

“By Murdoch directly engaging with foreign governments like Haryana, we have the potential to unlock new venture opportunities with a multitude of research and tertiary institutions in one of the largest populations in the world.”

Murdoch’s international reputation as a leading research institute in the areas of agricultural storage, the post-harvest agricultural supply chain and agricultural waste management, naturally led to the parties signing a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU).

Professor Taggart said the MOU between Murdoch University and the Lala Lajpat Rai University will establish mutual relations connecting to the scientific and technical divisions of the organisations.

“The university partnership is a multi-pronged engagement initiative. It will help to unlock new prospects to enhance international research endeavours in agriculture storage, the post-harvest agriculture supply chain and agricultural waste management,” added Professor Taggart.

“It will also lead to new student exchange opportunities.”

The Indian delegation is visiting Perth from 7 – 8 June 2017.

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