Lincoln University continues to develop its interests in China with the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with South China University of Technology, from Guangdong Province.
As well as offering exchange opportunities for academic staff and students, the MOU aims to establish joint research projects between the two institutions. Most significantly, the requirements for developing a joint research centre for food safety and processing will also be discussed.
This week saw a delegation of eight from China visit Lincoln on the back of the MOU.
The delegation included Mr Zeng Xin’An, the Dean of the Chinese University’s College of Light Industry and Food Science, along with Mr Chen Yunxian, Vice-Governor of The People’s Government of Guangdong Province; Mr Zeng Lu, Director of the Department of Science and Technology of Guangdong Province; and Mr Pei Duanqin, Director General of Guangzhou Institute of Biomedicine and Health.
“At the heart of this MOU is a desire to form research collaborations more specifically around food safety, food processing, and nutrition,” says Lincoln University Professor of Food Science, Charles Brennan.
“This could mean anything from developing better processing systems and methods, to innovative new products. It’s an area that is of great importance in China, and so this MOU provides a great opportunity for information sharing and development,” he says.
The agreement with South China University of Technology follows on from a series of commercial relationships already established with tertiary institutions and businesses across China; including the MOU signed in November last year with Inner Mongolia Yili Industrial Group, one of the largest dairy companies in China.