During a visit to India the Scottish Association for Marine Science (SAMS) has this week exchanged Memoranda of Understanding with Annamalai University and the Academy of Maritime Education and Training (AMET University) to cooperate more closely in education and research.
SAMS, a partner of the University of the Highlands and Islands and of the United Nations University, sent Joanne Allday to India to further a recently developed relationship with the two Universities in Tamil Nadu, Southern India. The initial aims of the partnerships are to develop faculty, student and knowledge exchange programmes, co-supervised PhDs, and joint research projects. Following her visit, the new partners are working together to secure funding to take these initiatives forward.
With Annamalai University SAMS’ collaboration will focus on developing knowledge and skills for sustainable management of the coastal environment, which will include topics such as aquaculture. With AMET University the focus of collaboration will lie in marine biotechnology and microbiology.
Joanne Allday said: 'It’s such an exciting time in India right now and our late Director, Professor Laurence Mee, saw huge potential for closer scientific and educational relationships between the two countries. The MoUs between SAMS and Annamalai and AMET Universities have now been formally exchanged and are a great legacy to Laurence’s foresight. We have already begun the exchange of information and knowledge, and funding is now being sought to support faculty and student exchanges, to develop long-lasting relationships for the future.'
Media contact: Dr Anuschka Miller E: Anuschka.Miller@sams.ac.uk T: +44 (0) 1631 559 300 M: +44 (0)7786 327780