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CQU signs research MoU with Gladstone Ports Corporation

Published:01 September 2020

CQUniversity Vice-Chancellor and President, Professor Nick Klomp and Gladstone Ports Corporation Manager for Port Strategy and Development, Kylee Lockwood

CQUniversity and Gladstone Ports Corporation (GPC) have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to work together in becoming world leaders in port research and operations.

The memorandum was officially signed in June by Acting CEO Craig Walker and CQU’s Vice-Chancellor and President, Professor Nick Klomp – signifying the start of a strong partnership for decades to come.

As part of the agreement, GPC and CQU will form a Research Advisory Committee with the findings published for the benefit of the local community.

GPC and CQU’s Coastal Marine Ecosystems Research Centre will work closely on a range of research topics to strengthen the understanding of a range of environmental, social and economic impacts of the management and operations of port facilities.

Acting CEO Craig Walker said the MoU will assist GPC’s mission to create a sustainable future underpinned by a 50-year master plan.

“The ability to collaborate and innovate together for the future is so important and the key to success,” Mr Walker said.

“Signing this MoU is proof that GPC is committed to creating success for our community, Queensland and Australia with valuable research that will position GPC to be leaders in port operations across Australia and the world, “Mr Walker said.

CQUniversity Vice-Chancellor and President, Professor Nick Klomp said the committee will develop and progress a research strategy, setting joint desired outcomes.

“This MoU is a fantastic partnership that builds on our existing, long-term relationship with GPC,” Prof Klomp said.

 “Through this MoU, CQU will collaborate with GPC to undertake independent and industry-relevant research on current issues, with a future focus placed on emerging areas of need,” he said.