Lincoln and Canterbury universities sign MOU
Tuesday 21 August
Lincoln University and the University of Canterbury (UC) today jointly announce the signing of a Memorandum of
Understanding (MOU) to keep New Zealand at the forefront of leading-edge land-based science, commerce, management and
The agreement, signed by the Chancellors and Vice-Chancellors of the two universities, will allow the parties to explore
partnership and merger options to accelerate and enhance Lincoln’s unique 140-year contribution to the land-based
sectors and the wider economy, with a strong focus on meeting the sector’s need for more highly skilled staff through
world-class teaching and research.
The signing of the MOU follows detailed discussions between Lincoln and the Government about the constraints to
achieving the step-change required for Lincoln to grow faster and the support needed for it to meet the goals set out in
last year’s Transformation Board report.
Lincoln University Chancellor Steve Smith says the Government is strongly focused on encouraging more people to study
and work in the land-based sectors, increasing productivity and developing solutions to present and future
technological, social and environmental challenges.
“We approached University of Canterbury to explore new innovative partnership options,” says Smith. “A simple merger
between Lincoln and Canterbury may not achieve ours, our partners’ and the Government’s ambitions for Lincoln University
and its critical role in the land-based sectors.”
UC Chancellor Dr John Wood says the University of Canterbury has longstanding interests in the land-based sectors and is
confident the parties will collaborate to create innovative solutions to achieve the Government’s goals: “The University
of Canterbury is ready and willing to work with Lincoln University to the mutual benefit of both universities and in New
Zealand’s national interest.”
Smith welcomed the Government’s commitment to Lincoln University’s Joint Facility, a partnership between with
AgResearch, and its collaborative initiatives with Dairy NZ and other CRIs through BLinc Innovation (formerly the
Lincoln Hub). The fact that Lincoln must remain at its present site and retain the Lincoln identity, brand and culture
was an important bottom line, he adds.
Lincoln University Vice-Chancellor James McWha says the MOU was the logical vehicle to ensure New Zealand’s land-based
sector remained internationally competitive. Vice-Chancellor of University of Canterbury, Dr Rod Carr adds that any new
partnership or arrangement must bring additional benefits to both universities and demonstrate significant added value
not only to the institutions but to New Zealand.
Findings and recommendations resulting from the MOU are expected to be shared with the Government by the end of the