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SAMS is deepening its links with India

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.'



Notes to editors

Media contact: Dr Anuschka Miller E:  T: +44 (0) 1631 559 300  M: +44 (0)7786 327780

  • SAMS is Scotland’s largest and oldest independent marine science organisation, dedicated to delivering marine science for a healthy and sustainable marine environment through research, education and engagement with society. Based near Oban on the Scottish west coast, SAMS research strengths include marine renewables, aquaculture, marine biotechnology, marine policy, deep-sea systems, climate change and polar science.
  • Annamalai University is a unitary, teaching, and residential university that was founded in 1929.
  • AMET University: The Academy of Maritime Education and Training is India’s first Marine University for maritime-related education, training and research. 
  • Joanne Allday
  • Scottish Development International put out a press release 'Scottish, Indian Universities Partner for Research and Innovation' that also announces a commercial collaboration of the University of Dundee.

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