FREEDOM Institute of Higher Education and Xiamen City University, China Sign MOC
The 29th of September 2017 culminated in the signing of a Memorandum of Co-operation between the FREEDOM Institute of Higher Education and Xiamen City University. The relationship which has been two years in development was part of a day of celebrations for the parties and commenced with a Powhiri led by Ngaati Wairere Kaumatua and Kuia. Prior to the MOC signing, the University hosted FREEDOM President Susan Stevenson at Xiamen City University, which provided the impetus for the collaborations that have developed.
The MOC signing symbolises shared aspirations of the organisations and the start of a fruitful partnership and a cultural bridge between the parties who will work to develop mutually beneficial projects and initiatives in health, higher education, educational facilitation, curriculum design and academic management and business fields. The parties have similar visions related to empowering graduates and preparing them to contribute to their families and communities. The relationship will also open the doors for interested FREEDOM students to go on Short Study Abroad programmes to China in their field of study as well as support Xiamen City University faculty and learners to study in New Zealand.
The day together featured a visit to FREEDOM’s restored Public Trust Office on Victoria Street, Hamilton, which is the original site of Kirikiriroa Pa and the first government building built in Hamilton. The party also visited Hamilton’s Museum and Gardens and shared a formal dinner together before continuing on to experience a day in Rotorua before flying home.