ANU and the University of Southern Queensland (USQ) signed a ANU-USQ Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) on 12 February 2010.
The MOU capitalises on the complementary strengths of the two institutions and fosters greater collaboration in teaching and research activities.
A range of collaborative initiatives will bring benefits to both institutions in the areas of business and law, teacher education, science, climate change and sustainability, including researcher development programs.
The ANU College of Business and Economics will grant students completing the Diploma of Business Administration at USQ entry into the BCom or BBA. Other ANU Colleges are developing similar entry and credit arrangements.
The MOU will enable students enrolled in ANU Graduate Studies Select programs to undertake USQ subjects and have them recognised for their qualifications.
USQ students are able to enrol in natural resource management courses offered by ANU as part of the Graduate Certificate in Climate Adaptation cross-institutional enrolment option.
Students from both universities have already participated in summer exchange programs.
- Develop collaborative educational initiatives commencing in 2009/2010.
- 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.