ANU and the University of Canberra (UC) signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) on 10 June 2010.
Early results of the alliance include a new four-year joint degree program in science and education from 2011. The science component will be delivered by ANU and the education component by UC. A similar joint program will be conducted to train Asian language teachers.
The MOU will also broaden the scope of existing ANU and UC partnerships. The agreement will also allow the two institutions to build on the success of joint projects like Capital-WATER, which combines the strengths of water-related research and education at ANU and UC to benefit policy makers and other relevant sectors.
ANU and UC have also established a joint commercialisation training scheme for postgraduate research students. The Innovation ACT program is designed to develop the knowledge-transfer skills of the next generation of researchers.
The MOU will enable students enrolled in ANU Graduate Studies Select programs to undertake University of Canberra subjects and have them recognised for their qualifications.
- Develop collaborative educational initiatives commencing in 2010.
- Pursue 'hub and spoke' arrangements in research with each university contributing according to its existing and emerging specialisations and strengths.
- Support their collaborative initiatives by facilitating staff exchanges and professional development workshops.
- Ensure that a designated person at each institution will oversee and facilitate implementation of the agreement.
- Make appropriate internal arrangements to promote and encourage the development of the cooperative relationship.