The Research Director of the Italian National Research Council, Dr Mazzola Salvatore today expressed to the Honourable Minister for Education, Dr Mahendra Reddy their support for activities of education and research towards excellence.
Dr Mazzola also stated that the Italian National Research Council with the support of the European Research Council is able to provide sponsorship to the nascent Fiji Research Council in terms of technical support and funding.
The Ministry of Education is also in the process of establishing a National Research Council to co-ordinate all researches undertaken locally and internationally on issues of national concern.
Dr Mazzola and the Head of School of Engineering and Physics of the South Pacific, Professor Maurizio Cirrincione also paid a courtesy visit to the Minister for Education today to present the MOU recently signed by the University of the South Pacific, the Italian National Research Council(CNR) and the Milan University la Bicocca.
“The government will support activities of research, education and development involving USP, FNU and University of Fiji with the Italian National Research Council. In this framework a research proposal will be within the development cooperation between the European Union (EU) and the countries of the African,Carribean and Pacific Group of States(ACP),” Minister Reddy said.
“This is also the beginning of the formal steps towards establishing a bilateral agreement between Italy and Fiji about Research and Education, for the exchange of researchers and university students between the two countries.”