Two Massey University scientists from the Institute of Agriculture and Environment are the first international scientists to be made adjunct professors of the University of Mataram in Indonesia.
Associate Professor Chris Anderson has been made Adjunct Professor in Soil and Earth Sciences, and Dr Janet Reid an Adjunct Professor in Agricultural Social Science. Their roles are an acknowledgement of the close relationship forged between the two universities.
The University of Mataram is located on Lombok Island in eastern Indonesia – a developing part of the country where large numbers of the population live below the poverty line. Dr Anderson began working with the university in 2010, studying mercury pollution in small-scale gold mines.
Since then, he and Dr Reid – together with Professor Steve Morris, from the Institute of Veterinary, Animal and Biomedical Sciences, and Professor Julian Heyes, from the Institute of Food Science and Technology – have continued to collaborate with the university on agriculture, food technology and animal science, specialised fields the two universities have in common. In 2014 they were contracted by the New Zealand Aid Programme to design an agricultural development activity in eastern Indonesia.
Dr Janet Reid, left, with University of Mataram Professor of Food Technology Sri Widyastuti, Associate Professor Chris Anderson, Dean of Agriculture Dr Sukartono and head of the international office Professor Taufik Fauzi
Dr Anderson says both universities are benefiting from the mutual relationship, and that the new appointments will further strengthen this.
“We are building capability by developing staff, working with them on joint research projects and publications and in assisting with teaching design and delivery. These activities are in turn increasing the status and ranking of the University of Mataram within the Indonesian education system. We are seeing results.
“For Massey, the outcome of the relationship is an increased presence in this important part of South–East Asia. This gives Massey access to new international students and creates opportunities for New Zealand agribusiness to become more active in the region.”
Dr Reid says she is looking forward to working more closely with the university in the future. “It is an honour to be awarded the adjunct professorship,” she says.
The professorships were awarded earlier this month in a formal ceremony to commemorate the fifty-third anniversary of the University of Mataram.
Created: 29/10/2015 | Last updated: 29/10/2015