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Forging research links with Africa

[Posted: 15 July 2014]

Over the past six months staff from the Faculty of Health Sciences’ School of Public Health attended a series of research forums in South Africa funded through the Africa Australia Universities Network.

The forums aim to develop partnerships between African and Australian universities, and to build the capacity in both regions in the areas of health, agriculture, governance, education, public sector reformand mining.

In January Professor Vijay Jayasena attended a workshop at the University of Pretoria to advance a research project on  improving the nutritional quality of food made from underutilised crops. Professor Janet Bornman, Dr Stuart Johnson and Dr Ranil Coorey attended a forum in Pretoria in April, which resulted in a series of research proposals across the disciplines of health, agriculture, governance, education, public sector reform and mining sectors.

During their visit to the University of Pretoria, Dr Johnson and Dr Coorey witnessed the signing of a University of Pretoria – Curtin University Memorandum of Understanding. Dr Johnson was hosted for an additional week at the University of Pretoria by Professor John Taylor, the Curtin Haydn Williams Fellow (2013-4).

Professor Taylor will return to Curtin in November this year to complete his Haydn Williams Fellowship that is co-hosted through the International Institute of Agri-food Security and the School of Public Health.