ACU launches new marine science scholarships

The Ocean Nation Partnership Programme, organised by ACU and the Centre for Atmosphere, Fisheries and Aquaculture Science, permits college students within the numerous international locations to undertake a grasp’s in marine science.

It follows a profitable pilot of this system within the South Pacific in 2022.

“[These scholarships] will go an extended approach to assist sustainable marine environments while additionally serving to the subsequent era of marine scientists to develop their careers, expertise and data by grasp’s research,” mentioned ACU chief government and secretary basic Colin Riordan.

“We sit up for persevering with our work with the OCPP supply companions and universities in coastal communities to guard ocean environments and assist sustainable marine practices,” he added.

There might be a complete of 56 scholarships obtainable beneath this system, and can fund “a variety of programs” within the space of marine science.

It’s hoped that the transfer will “contribute to the conservation and sustainable administration of marine assets”, ACU mentioned, including that it additionally goals to help higher responses to marine environmental challenges.

“[The scholarships] contribute to an enhanced data base in OCPP accomplice international locations to sort out the important thing marine challenges of biodiversity loss, marine air pollution and sustainable seafood,” famous Cefas chief Neil Hornby.

“This initiative broadens Cefas’ assist for college students internationally, creating alternatives for them to develop their science and enabling a lot wanted scientific analysis to happen in these international locations.”

The colleges – a specific quantity from the international locations aforementioned – embrace College of Belize, Bangladesh Agricultural College, Berhampur College, India, College of Cape Coast, Ghana, and Cochin College of Science and Expertise (CUSAT), India

Sushil Kumar, director of analysis on the College of the South Pacific the place the pilot program passed off mentioned the OCPP gave college students the “experience to deal with the regional and world challenges in marine air pollution and biodiversity” – and 13 early-mid profession researchers are nonetheless registered as a part of the pilot.

“This partnership between USP, ACU and Cefas has… supplied a chance for USP lecturers to collaborate on totally different analysis initiatives and produce analysis output.

“The USP appears to be like ahead to having extra college students beneath this scholarship scheme, each from the area and internationally contributing to the capability constructing in these areas of regional significance,” mentioned Kumar.

Additional areas might be confirmed in 2024, ACU mentioned.

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