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James Cook University in Singapore signs MOU with Mandai Wildlife Group to promote student engagement

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Thu, 1 Jun 2023
James Cook University in Singapore signs MOU with Mandai Wildlife Group to promote student engagement
MOU with Mandai Wildlife Group

Under the Memorandum of Understanding, James Cook University in Singapore aims to collaborate with Mandai Wildlife Group in areas such as guest lectures and support for student projects.

This marks the start of a strong collaborative relationship, where Mandai Wildlife Group will provide JCU, Singapore with support for student engagement. Such efforts will include guest lectures from the staff of Mandai Wildlife Group on specialist topics, work attachment and internship opportunities, and support for student projects aligned with the Group’s purpose of inspiring a world where people and wildlife thrive together. Conversely, JCU, Singapore will participate in activities organised by Mandai Wildlife Group, such as dialogues and seminars, to explore issues like environmental protection and wildlife protection.

Under the agreement, JCU, Singapore will also share research expertise with Mandai Wildlife Group on issues related to tourism — especially tourist behaviour and travel intention, guest experience and sustainable tourism. In addition, the two organisations will work together to promote various shared Sustainable Development Goals, including Affordable and Clean Energy, Sustainable Cities and Communities, and Responsible Consumption and Production.

Professor Chris Rudd OBE — Deputy Vice Chancellor and Head of Campus, Singapore at JCU — said, “This partnership represents a significant step forward in our efforts to promote sustainability and environmental conservation. By combining the research expertise of James Cook University, Singapore with the practical knowledge and experience of Mandai Wildlife Group, we can create innovative solutions to some of the most pressing environmental challenges facing our planet today. I am excited to see the meaningful impact we can achieve together.”

Dr Cheng Wen-Haur, Deputy CEO, Life Sciences and Operations, and Chief Life Sciences Officer, Mandai Wildlife Group said, “We are delighted to strengthen our partnership with James Cook University to provide students with meaningful learning experiences that would ignite their passion for wildlife conservation and sustainable living. By fostering their connection with nature and wildlife, we hope they will become lifelong eco-stewards who will make a profound and positive impact on people, wildlife and the planet.”

Mandai Wildlife Group manages Singapore’s wildlife parks including Singapore Zoo, River Wonders, Night Safari, and the newly-opened Bird Paradise. It is also driving an exciting rejuvenation plan at the Mandai Wildlife Reserve that will integrate five wildlife parks with distinctive nature-based experiences, green public spaces and an eco-friendly resort, providing access to a wide range of sustainable and ethical wildlife experiences.

Find out more about the Singapore campus of James Cook University.

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James Cook University:

Media: Mr Edwin Teo [email protected]

Mandai Wildlife Group

Media: Ms Natt Haniff [email protected]