MOU signals new international collaborations in urban planningMay 15 2015
Urban planning students will have the chance to learn in one of South East Asia’s most rapidly developing countries, following the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between UniSA and Hue University of Sciences in Vietnam (pictured right).
The MOU signing underpinned a study tour for urban planning students last month and will be the starting point to build the partnership with Hue University of Sciences into a fully-fledged research and education collaboration.
UniSA Senior Lecturer, researcher in urban geography and leader of the study tour, Dr Matthew Rofe says the MOU will increase academic and student understanding of building and sustainability issues in an international context.
“Being confined to thinking about urban planning issues as they relate only to a local Australian context is not enough for today’s planning graduates,” Dr Rofe says.
“As a rapidly developing Asian country Vietnam’s planning issues are quite different from anything our students would have tackled in a real world context here.
“The political system is different, the population challenges are unique and the planning and development problems are different.
“The MOU we have signed with Hue University of Sciences is a foundation for broader engagement between our two institutions and is an example of UniSA’s commitment to providing students with both real world learning opportunities and education in an international context.”
Employment, Higher Education and Skills Minister Gail Gago witnessed the MOU signing during a higher education mission to Vietnam.
She says the MOU will would facilitate invaluable learning opportunities for UniSA students and will provide a future path for Vietnamese students and academics to come work and study in Adelaide.
“These shared experiences and the relationships forged will benefit both cities,” she says.
For more information, go to the related media release.