GLADSTONE Ports Corporation and CQUniversity have signed a Memorandum of Understanding to work together in becoming world leaders in research and operations.

The memorandum was officially signed in June by acting CEO Craig Walker and CQU’s vice chancellor and president, Professor Nick Klomp.

As part of the agreement, GPC and CQU will form a Research Advisory Committee to strengthen the understanding of a range of environmental, social and economic opportunities.

The collaboration between the port and university, will enhance future thinking and lead research to underpin sustainable development.

GPC and CQU’s Coastal Marine Ecosystems Research Centre will work closely on a range of research topics, publishing some findings for the benefit of the local community.

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Acting CEO Craig Walker said the MoU will assist GPC’s mission to create a sustainable future underpinned by our 50-year master plan.

“The ability to collaborate and innovate together for the future is so important – it’s the key to success.

“We have such an important role to play and partnering with our local university provides our region with enviable opportunities for study and jobs,” Mr Walker said.

CQU said it will collaborate with GPC to undertake “independent and industry-relevant research on current issues”, with a future focus placed on emerging areas of need.

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