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Otago University and World Vision New Zealand join forces to tackle poverty

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Tuesday 15 October 2013 9:26am

The University of Otago and World Vision New Zealand are joining together to enhance their efforts to alleviate poverty both globally and in New Zealand and the Pacific.

The partnership, due to be formally signed this Thursday 17 October, will bring together prominent academics, development experts and students to collaborate on research, international programme design, workforce development and to promote specialist debate around the causes and dynamics of poverty.

“The impact that we can have by working with World Vision is incredible – both nationally and around the globe,” says University Vice-Chancellor, Professor Harlene Hayne. “We are looking forward to lending our expertise and offering our students the opportunity to work with an organisation who is a leader in their field.”

“By joining forces with a renowned academic institution like Otago University, we can have even more impact on those living in poverty,” says World Vision New Zealand CEO Chris Clarke. “It provides us with the opportunity to harness the incredible research and expertise that comes out of Otago University and channel it into long lasting change here in New Zealand and around the world.”

Students and academics from across the University will have opportunities to work with World Vision.

Professor Hayne and Mr Clarke will sign a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on Thursday. The partnership is World Vision New Zealand’s first with an academic institution.

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