The University of Auckland, DairyNZ, farmer cooperative LIC (Livestock Improvement Corporation) and AgResearch have agreed to establish a Joint Graduate School in Dairy Research and Innovation.
The school will span disciplines that contribute to sustainable productivity – genetics, agricultural technology and environmental science – through to those that add value beyond the farm gate such as food science and business.
The aim is to enhance postgraduate education with at least 50 Masters and PhD students by 2015 across science, engineering, business, social science and health.
“We want to create a focus on, and a catchment for, the dairy industry at New Zealand’s leading university, to help recruit top talent into all areas of the industry,” said Dean of Science Professor Grant Guilford. “The school’s urban base will also provide an opportunity for urban-rural issues to be discussed and better understood.”