KEDRI was awarded 26,620 NZD from ENZ for the project for one year until June 2016.
The Government approved funding for ENZ to support the initiation and development of international education relationships between New Zealand and China.
In 2001, the Ministry of Education in China created a partnership programme between prestigious eastern universities and universities developing in the Western Inlands of China, known as the “Two Brothers” arrangement. In 2005, the New Zealand and Chinese Ministries of Education subsequently agreed to formally support and promote tripartite relationships between New Zealand and China, in which a New Zealand university is joined as the ‘third brother’ to an existing ‘Two Brothers’ arrangement. Both the New Zealand and the Chinese governments agreed to commit funding to support this bilateral initiative.
A Memorandum of Understanding was signed in July 2008 and renewed in 2012 for an international cooperative project between KEDRI, AUT, Xinjiang University and Shanghai Jiao Tong University (“the Partners”). During this time the partners developed a programme for joint research and dissemination of results by way of publications and workshops held in both New Zealand and China.
AUT agreed to develop relationships with Shanghai Jiao Tong University and Xinjiang University by continuing collaborative research in the following areas:
- Intelligent information systems for online visual exploration; and
- Understanding and prediction of ecological and environmental problems.
ENZ agreed to provide AUT up to $26,620 incl GST in funding to develop and strengthen their collaborative tripartite relationship in China.