Lincoln welcomes $80m for new science facilities

Lincoln University has welcomed news that the Minister of Education has approved $80m for new science facilities as part of a wider campus development programme.Acting Vice-Chancellor Bruce McKenzie said the funding, to replace earthquake-damaged buildings, would enable a major step forward to even more valuable research outcomes for New Zealand, delivered in “fit-for-future” facilities.

He said the new science facilities would lead to many more innovations in the land-based sector, particularly associated with food and fibre production.

Ultimately, the facilities would will deliver an increased return on investment in land-based research and education in New Zealand, and contribute significantly to a sustainable and productive economy.

Lincoln continues to work closely with AgResearch, whose plans for the co-location of their new facilities on campus are under way.

“A collaboration known as the Lincoln Precinct is at the intersection of a critical and growing mass of researchers, educators and facilities,” said Professor McKenzie.

“The new science facilities on campus will allow the precinct to become the leading centre of land-based research in New Zealand. Research and teaching will take place across the precinct, leading to the development of the world’s smartest and most sustainable food production systems.”

In addition to the science facilities, the wider campus development programme has already started with the launch of new student social spaces, landscaping projects, and a series of smaller general projects across campus, all designed to enhance the vibrancy of the campus and promote a positive learning, teaching and research community. The Sports and Recreation Centre is also currently undergoing an upgrade.

Environmental sustainability plays a major role in the programme, with energy diversification projects aimed at transitioning the campus away from fossil fuels and achieving carbon neutrality within the next decade.

Professor McKenzie said the programme is about much more than just buildings and landscapes.

“It’s about bringing people together and facilitating greater opportunities for collaboration.

“This programme will help us to increase the number of New Zealand graduates who can make a difference to the land-based sector, and significantly contribute to a globally competitive agri-tech industry.”

Source:: Lincoln University

Author: Bob Edlin

Editor of AgScience Magazine and Editor of the AgScience Blog

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