Australia and New Zealand

Strategic Partnerships, Collaborative Centers, and Initiatives in Australia and New Zealand region.

The University of Auckland

Auckland, New Zealand

Penn State Strategic Coordinator: Alexandra Persiko (1-814-867-5941,


Penn State and The University of Auckland agreed in the summer of 2018 to pursue a strategic partnership. The universities are working toward a formal agreement focusing on shared strategic goals and research and teaching opportunities. More specific engagement opportunities are currently under development with a target starting date in the 4th quarter of 2019.


Penn State and the University of Auckland will be conducting an academic workshop in mid-November 2019.  The workshop will provide an opportunity for academics from both universities to come together to develop cross-university collaborative ideas for joint research proposals. In addition, both universities are establishing a Collaboration Development Fund supporting a limited number of joint projects.  It is expected that the two universities will release a Request for Proposals (RFP) at the beginning of December 2019.

Key Activities

The partnership is in the beginning stages. As information is gathered regarding faculty engagement, new activities will arise.

Highlights of the Partnership