New Zealand’s Massey University, NIFT fortify relationship through collaborative thinking and research

New Delhi: As a part of New Zealand’s prestigious Prime Minister’s Scholarship for Asia programme, Massey University teamed up with NIFT, New Delhi for joint student projects. Strengthening the association further, today, The College of Creative Arts, Massey University, New Zealand and National Institute of Fashion Technology (NIFT), India, signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) at New Zealand High Commission in New Delhi. The MoU is in line with New Zealand’s continued efforts to strengthen its education ties with India.

Both institutions collaborate as part of a sustainable fashion team project titled ‘Make Fashion Circular: A New Sustainability Paradigm’. Eight students from Massey University participated with students from NIFT to develop concepts for innovative circular solutions to fashion design and production. The project and all related visits will also be captured on film by the students of Massey University Creative Media Production to create a sustainable fashion documentary.

Since 2016, Massey University and NIFT have had successful partnerships for student as well as lecturer programmes. After three successful collaborations, the MoU signed today is a culmination of a collective project between the two esteemed institutions. The signing, which is a first for The College of Creative Arts, Massey University with an Indian institution, is aimed at creating closer research connections between the two institutions.

Speaking about the initiative, Prof. Claire Robinson, Vice-Chancellor, Massey University said, “ The College of Creative Arts values the Prime Minister’s Scholarships for Asia programme and we commend the entire team for facilitating this opportunity for students to collaborate with NIFT to address sustainable fashion design, one of the societal challenges of our age.”

As part of the MoU, discussions will be held around staff and student exchange along with research agendas that hold great potential for collaboration and international research.

About Prime Minister’s Scholarships for Asia programme:

The Prime Minister’s Scholarship for Asia (PMSA) is a scholarship programme funded by the New Zealand government and administered by Education New Zealand. The scholarship aims to:

Strengthen New Zealand institutions’ connections with their counterparts in key Asian countries
Promote understanding of the strength and quality of New Zealand’s education system and raise awareness of New Zealand as a preferred education destination
Improve the international skills of the New Zealand workforce
Strengthen people-to-people connections between New Zealand and countries in Asia through participants building lifelong friendships and networks
Strengthen New Zealand’s ability to engage with key trading partners
Improve New Zealanders’ understanding of key trading partner’s business practice and culture