New Zealand and China strength science cooperation

Published: 02 April 2019

A new Memorandum of Arrangement between the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment (MBIE) and the Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS) will enable greater science and research collaboration between New Zealand and China.

Pictured: New Zealand Ambassador in Beijing, Clare Fearnley and Vice President Zhang Yaping of the Chinese Academy of Sciences.

The MBIE-CAS Memorandum of Arrangement (MoA), signed on Monday by the New Zealand Ambassador in Beijing and Vice-President Zhang Yaping of the Chinese Academy of Sciences, builds on a productive history of partnering with Chinese agencies to deliver excellent research, science and innovation.

CAS is the world’s largest research organisation, comprising of around 60,000 researchers working in 105 affiliated research institutes and centres, and three universities. China is rapidly becoming a major contributor to global science.

The MoA is an important step in further deepening New Zealand’s science relationship with China and builds on existing partnerships like the Strategic Research Alliance with the Chinese Ministry of Science and Technology.

Through the Arrangement, MBIE and CAS will support jointly beneficial research cooperation, and encourage the participation of researchers from across New Zealand’s science system and the Chinese Academy of Sciences in relevant cooperative projects.

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Last updated: 02 April 2019