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UQ Vice-Chancellor and FNUniv President pose at signing event in front of Australian, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander flags

Strategic partnership formalised with First Nations University of Canada

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Published 2 May, 2024  ·  2 min

A Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) was recently signed by The University of Queensland (UQ) Vice-Chancellor, Professor Deborah Terry AO and First Nations University of Canada (FNUniv) President, Dr Jacqueline Ottmann. 

Group photo of FNUniv President along with members of the UQ Senior Executive Team (USET) and UQ Professor of Indigenous Education.
Dr Jacqueline Ottman, Prof Deborah Terry, Prof Bronwyn Fredericks, Prof Tracey Bunda, and other members of the UQ Senior Executive Team: Prof Aidan Byrne, Prof Kris Ryan, Rongyu Li, Prof Mark Blows, Prof Louise Hickson, Prof Heather Zwicker, Prof Geoff McColl, Prof Melissa Brown, Prof Matthew Morell, Prof Martie-Louise Verreynne, Prof Matthew Dargusch, Marni Jacoby.

This gathering signified the uniting of Indigenous leaders from UQ and FNUniv to formalise preliminary agreements and begin negotiations, including student and staff exchanges, curriculum and research projects, and other collaborative ventures. 

The signing took place at UQ St Lucia in Brisbane, with Professor Terry and Dr Ottmann joined by UQ Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Indigenous Engagement) Professor Bronwyn Fredericks, UQ Professor of Indigenous Education Tracey Bunda, and other members of the UQ Senior Executive Team (USET).

This MoU signing between UQ and FNUniv comes after Professor Fredericks and Dr Ottmann established a working relationship in 2022 - the year in which Dr Ottman visited UQ.  

In 2023, Professor Fredericks and Professor Bunda attended the Native American and Indigenous Studies Association (NAISA) conference in Canada. They met with Dr Ottman to discuss joint initiatives, which led to this year’s meeting with USET and the signing of the MoU. 

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