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Signing ceremony to formalise generous Harraways funding

Clocktower at sunset

Friday, 23 June 2017 9:14am

Vice-Chancellor Professor Harlene Hayne

Dunedin breakfast cereal manufacturer Harraway & Sons Ltd has formalised its donation of $100,000 to the University of Otago's Department of Food Science to establish the Harraways 1867 Visiting Professorship at a signing ceremony today.

Harraways are making the donation to mark the company's 150th anniversary and Chief Executive Officer Stuart Hammer says it will also mark a long association with the University of Otago in the food science area.

"The University has been an important resource for us in a number of different ways. The Department of Food Science has been invaluable in helping us develop new products and allowing us to tap into that knowledge and scientific expertise," he says.

"We have also been able to employ excellent graduates and each year we also engage undergraduate food science students to carry out projects that have generated great new ideas. In more recent years we have also enjoyed a strong relationship with staff and students in the Department of Marketing, drawing from their knowledge in areas such as digital marketing."

Mr Hammer says the Harraways 1867 Visiting Professorship is about Harraways giving back to a greater degree. It will bring added expertise into the country, which will help not just the local community but New Zealand as a whole.

University of Otago Vice-Chancellor Professor Harlene Hayne says gifts such as the Harraways 1867 Visiting Professorship highlight the strong links Otago has developed with the business community.

"It also underscores the fact these links are not simply lip service but are strong, practical relationships which see us share expertise and provide talented, workplace-ready graduates in meaningful roles with successful companies. It is especially gratifying to see this happen with such an iconic Dunedin brand."

Head of the Department of Food Science Professor Indrawati Oey says the 1867 Harraways Visiting Professorship fellowship will provide advantages to the Department and the University of Otago by attracting prominent, high-calibre professors in research, teaching and with industrial links from around the world.

"Their contribution to our teaching and research will advance our current knowledge in food science and technology and improve our capability in providing advice and service to governmental agencies and food industries. In addition, this fellowship will strengthen the collaboration and exchange of ideas between the University of Otago and other institutions, and broaden the current international network of the Food Science Department," she says.

"The Department sincerely thanks Harraways & Sons Ltd for their generous gift to us. We will certainly use this funding wisely to improve our teaching, research and service."

Activities involving the visiting experts are expected to include public lectures, seminars, and workshops which would also be open to other universities, research institutes, governmental bodies and industries.

The afternoon tea and signing ceremony to celebrate the Harraways 1867 Visiting Professorship took place this afternoon, in the University of Otago Council Chamber.

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