An MoU (Memorandum of Understanding) agreement was signed today, 4th December 2023, between the University of Canberra (Australia) and the University of Valencia (Spain).
The signing ceremony took place at the Spanish Embassy in Canberra. Montserrat Moman, Deputy Head of the Spanish Embassy, welcomed the event and emphasized the significance of this agreement.
This adds to the current MoUs signed by the University of Canberra with Spanish institutions, including Loyola University (Seville), University of La Coruna, and “La Liga.”
Prof. Lucy Johnston, the acting vice-chancellor of the University of Canberra (UC), reinforced the importance of this agreement for the university. Prof. María Vicenta Mestre, the vice-chancellor of the Universidad de Valencia, highlighted the value of cooperation with Australia for her university. She noted that the agreement connects one of the oldest universities in Spain, with over 500 years of history, with a young and thriving university in Australia.
She also commented on potential future joint initiatives in Business, Law, and Health that could follow this MoU. Prof. María Vicenta Mestre also mentioned the key role of Prof. Elisa Martinez-Marroquin, UC Professor of Information Technology (IT) & Systems, in making this agreement possible. Elisa, a member of the association of Spanish Researchers in Australia-Pacific (SRAP), played a crucial role in facilitating this agreement.
Other SRAP members present at the event included Prof. Luis Salvador-Carulla (University of Canberra and SRAP Honorary President) who will coordinate the future joint projects in health from the Health Research Institute, and Prof. Sergio Leon-Saval (University of Sydney and SRAP Honorary President).
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