New Zealand Embassy, Moscow, Russian Federation

Visit of Auckland University of Technology Vice-Chancellor to Moscow

Auckland University of Technology (AUT) Vice-Chancellor Derek McCormack paid his first visit to Moscow from 27 October to 1 November 2009.
Building on contacts made by senior representatives of the AUT Business School in 2007 and 2008, the Vice-Chancellor signed Memoranda of Understanding with three leading tertiary institutions:

  • the Lomonosov Moscow State University (MGU) – the Faculty of Foreign Languages & Area Studies;
  • the Moscow State Institute of Radio-Engineering, Electronics and Automation (MIREA);
  • and the International University of Moscow (IUM).

The Memoranda of Understanding envisage the development of a two-way flow of academics and students between Auckland and Moscow to increase the opportunities for practical business experience available to New Zealand and Russian-based students. Double degree arrangements may be part of a future agenda for cooperation.

Vice-Chancellor McCormack also visited the Shemyakin Institute of Inorganic Chemistry and met Professor Nicolai Bovin, Head of the Laboratory of Carbohydrate Chemistry. AUT, through the partnership between its Biotechnology Research Institute and Kode Biotechnology Ltd, has had a unique and highly-successful commercial relationship over many years with the Shemyakin Institute. This relationship is regarded as one of the longest-standing and most successful examples of cooperation between Russian and New Zealand scientists in the post-Soviet era.

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