[21 August/Farmers Weekly]

Lincoln and Canterbury University will explore partnership and merger opportunities under a new memorandum of understanding. The MOU has been signed off by the chancellors of both universities. Lincoln University Chancellor, Steve Smith, said the Government was focused on encouraging more people to study and work in land-based sectors, increase productivity, and develop solutions to present and future challenges. He believed a simple merger may not achieve those goals. He added the fact that Lincoln University needed to stay at its current site and retain its identity and culture was an important bottom line. Canterbury University Chancellor, John Wood, added it had longstanding interests in the land-based sectors and was confident the parties would collaborate to create innovative solutions to achieve the Government’s goals. Lincoln University Vice-Chancellor, James McWha, noted the deal was a logical vehicle to ensure the sector remained internationally competitive.