In recognition of the lengthy association between the University of Oxford and the University of Canterbury that dates back to the design of the University of Canterbury's town site, the donation of books to College House, and a series of distinguished Oxford visitors to Canterbury over the years, a reciprocal visitor exchange programme between the two universities entitled the Oxford/Canterbury Exchange Programme was established in 2002, with the first visits occurring in 2003.
The goal of the Oxford/Canterbury Exchange Programme, which is primarily administered by the University of Canterbury, is to build on the academic links that have already been developed and to benefit the students and staff of both universities by funding the regular visits of academic staff members.
As of 2016 the staff exchange programme initiated between the universities in 2002 continues, under different terms. While visiting the exchange university, staff members will participate in teaching, seminars and academic meetings, as agreed with the hosting department, in order to facilitate the sharing of ideas and expertise with staff and students at the exchange university. The exchange also creates opportunities for joint research and encourages the exchange of publications and academic materials.
I warmly commend this expanded programme for the undoubted growth it is bringing in the exchange of knowledge, professional links, and research collaborations between our two universities. The Fellowships to be awarded each year are available in all faculties and are additional to those available under the existing Visiting Erskine Fellowships, Erskine Grants, Visiting Canterbury Fellowships and other leave programmes.
The purpose of Visiting Oxford Fellowships at Canterbury is to give lectures to students and this should include undergraduate lectures where possible.
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