Deakin Uni, Japan explore common study waters

DEAKIN University is hoping to develop stronger relationships with Japan’s Nagasaki University and developing links in the marine, fish and aquaculture areas.

Three representatives from Nagasaki University’s Faculty of Environmental Studies have visited the Deakin University Warrnambool campus to discuss a potential relationship.

The Japanese university also has a Faculty of Fisheries and has undergraduate and research programs similar to the Warrnambool campus.

Professor Gerry Quinn, Deakin’s head of marine biology in Warrnambool, said Nagasaki University had a strong record in marine and fisheries research.

“We have had very positive talks and see great opportunities in developing links in the marine and fish and aquaculture areas,” he said.

“We have discussed possible areas of research collaboration and undergraduate and postgraduate student exchange.”

Professor Quinn said environmental and fisheries science students from both universities were enthusiastic about a potential exchange program.

“Because of language issues, we would first expect to receive Nagasaki students in Warrnambool, but our students are also keen to explore the possibilities,” Professor Quinn said.

“It would meet Deakin University’s goal of providing students with a worldly education.”

There is also potential for joint PhD projects.

Areas for potential research collaboration include ecotoxicology, biology of coastal plants and animals, fisheries and aquaculture, groundwater, and environmental economics and policy.

Professor Quinn said the links would depend on a formal agreement being reached between the two universities. 

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