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Vice-Chancellor Professor Jan Thomas presented the opening comments at the China-New Zealand Joint Symposium in Horticulture.

Research into the science and art of growing plants was shared by Massey staff and postgraduate students as part of the inaugural China-New Zealand Joint Symposium in Horticulture recently.

More than 50 academic staff, postgraduate students and industry representatives from China, United States and New Zealand spoke at the online symposium in an effort to understand each other’s strengths and find common research interests to influence and lead innovation in the horticultural industry.

The symposium was organised by Massey and one of China’s leading agricultural research universities, Northeast Agricultural University (NEAU). Vice-Chancellor Professor Jan Thomas opened the event and said it was encouraging despite current restrictions on global travel, there is still a commitment to delivering collaborative online activities for staff and students.

“Both Massey and NEAU are committed to building platforms for young researchers to showcase their work and provide them with opportunities to develop connections. There is also a significant commitment from faculty at both institutions to develop bilingual teaching programmes and research experiences for students as they seek to produce graduates who care about the communities they serve, both local and global.”

There were more than 4200 views for the live stream of the symposium over the two day event. A recording of the symposium will be valid for a year and can be viewed here.

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