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QUT Awarded COALAR Research Grant

QUT has recently been successful in securing a research grant through the Federal Government’s Council on Australia Latin America Relations (COALAR) and involves CJRC Adjunct Professor Victor Minichiello and CJRC researcher Professor John Scott from the School of Justice, Faculty of Law.

The project will be conducted in partnership with three Argentine universities including Univerisdad Nacional-del—Litoral, Universidad Nacional-delSud, and Universidad Nacional-del-Quilmes. 

COALAR was established by the Australian Government in 2001 to enhance Australia’s economic, political and social relations with Latin America.

The Council’s objectives are the achievement of:

  1. enhanced and strengthened links between Australia and Latin America in the priority areas of business, education, sustainability, tourism and cultural promotion;
  2. a closer engagement between corporate Australia with Latin America
  3. an increased awareness and understanding of Australia in Latin America, and of Latin America in Australia.

The successful project “Australia-Argentina higher education/industry collaborative action network”  will bring together universities, government agencies and industry partners to discuss collaborations on a range of topics of national significance to both countries:  ecological sustainability (including agribusiness, water management) and social resilience (including rural health, disability, numeracy and addressing youth crime).

Using an action plan methodology at a workshop held in Brisbane with over 25 institutional partners, specific projects will be identified, milestones identified and stakeholders/timelines set. While the initially projects will involve Australia and Argentina, some will have transferability to other Latin American nations.  A website will be developed to describe and monitor the projects that will be implemented during 2017.

To read more about the project, click here. 

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