From left: Dr Richard Winkworth, Briana Nelson and Professor Peter Lockhart at Massey's Institute of Fundamental Sciences.
Launched in 1992, UNESCO’s UNITWIN Network promotes international inter-university cooperation and networking to enhance institutional capacities through knowledge sharing and collaborative work.
Through this network, higher education and research institutions all over the globe pool their resources, both human and material, to address pressing challenges and contribute to the development of their societies.
Massey University is leading the very first UNESCO UNITWIN Network in New Zealand. The UNESCO UNITWIN Network on Science for Pacific Small Island Developing States (Science for Sustainability in Oceania) will promote science, provide training opportunities, and evaluate and help implement new technologies in Oceania (including in New Zealand) that enable evidence based decision-making.
Initial projects involve four founding institutional partners: Massey University, Unitec Institute of Technology, the National University of Samoa and the University of the South Pacific. The number of formal institutional partners will grow as further projects are developed and funding is secured.