PALMERSTON NORTH, New Zealand, Sept. 17 -- Massey University issued the following news release:
Global accounting body CPA Australia and information technology firm Hewlett-Packard are the latest organisations to join Massey University's Auckland Knowledge Exchange (AKE) Hub.
The Massey innovation hub aims to create closer partnerships between the business community and academia. Both CPA Australia and Hewlett-Packard have signed memorandums of understanding that will see them share resources and collaborate on joint research initiatives with the AKE Hub.
AKE Hub business development director Dr Jeffrey Stangl said Massey University was thrilled to be building on already strong relationships with both organisations.
The partnership with CPA Australia will help ensure that Massey students are well prepared for careers within the accounting profession.
"CPA Australia is the leading accounting qualification provider in Australasia, so it is crucial for Massey to stay engaged with its needs. This partnership will ensure we continue to deliver what the accounting profession requires in terms of skilled future employees and relevant research," he said.
New Zealand country manager for CPA Australia David Jenkins said: "Establishing relationships between business and academia is a crucial ingredient to aid a successful and innovative New Zealand economy. CPA Australia is delighted to support this very worthy business initiative and serve as a conduit for these important two-way conversations."
Dr Stangl said the agreement with Hewlett-Packard brings two innovative thought leaders together, providing a platform for collaborative research.
"Hewlett-Packard is a leading innovator in the high-tech industry and Massey is an innovative leader in the tertiary education sector," he said. "In the global context, Hewlett-Packard is a multinational with a culture of partnering with universities to grow local economies - so we're very excited about the potential benefits of this partnership."
The AKE Hub was established in 2012 to develop strong research partnerships between the university and the Auckland business community, including those on the North Shore. The agreements with CPA Australia and Hewlett-Packard follow on from agreements already signed with KPMG, Auckland Council, and Toyota Financial Services.
AKE Hub website: http://akehub.massey.ac.nz
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