His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales (Prince Charles) has visited the University of Nottingham Malaysia as part of his Autumn Tour.
His Royal Highness met with staff and students at the 125-acre garden campus and took the opportunity to learn more about Nottingham's pioneering research.
After officially launching the 2017 Commonwealth Youth Summit currently taking place on campus, HRH learnt about the University's work on sustainability and environmental education and met with representatives of student societies aimed at making a difference in the local community.
He also made time to stop at the balcony overlooking the Academic Plaza of the University waving at the hundreds of students and staff, gathered to catch a glimpse of the royal visitor.
University of Nottingham Malaysia CEO and Provost Professor Graham Kendall said he was delighted to host HRH.
He said: "Today is another milestone at the University as we host the Prince of Wales during his maiden visit to one of the first British campuses outside of the UK and we are very pleased to have an opportunity for our staff and students to have a royal encounter with the Prince of Wales.”
The visit also included a special trip to Crops for the Future (CFF) to see world-changing research into ‘forgotten foods’ and how maximising the potential of the world's underutilised crops might address global food security issues. The Prince of Wales helped officially launch the Forgotten Foods Network, a new platform for sharing information on foods, recipes and traditions that are in danger of being lost.
Crops for the Future is a unique partnership between the Malaysian Government and the University of Nottingham, and is at the heart of an international effort to seek out which crops have the potential to be grown for human sustenance or on a commercial basis for food and non-food uses in the climates of the future. The Centre also hosts research into using insect meal to boost fish aquaculture, which is funded by the UK and Malaysian Governments via the Newton-Ungku Omar Fund.
Professor Sayed Azam-Ali, Chief Executive Officer of CFF said: “Biodiversity plays a key role in strategies to address the challenges of climate change because when we lose diversity, we lose resilience and we reduce our options for the future.”
"By creating the Forgotten Foods network, we hope to discover foods that can transform the way we eat and that could nourish us, especially in climates of the future – including foods derived underutilised crops as well as from poultry, livestock, fruit and even insects."
The Royal visit also saw a number of local dignitaries visit the Nottingham campus including Malaysia Youth and Sports Minister YB Brig Jen. Khairy Jamaluddin Abu Bakar, Chief Minister of Perak YAB Dato’ Seri Diraja Dr. Zambry Bin Abd Kadir and British High Commissioner to Malaysia HE Vicki Treadell.
The Commonwealth Youth Summit 2017 is being held between 3 to 5 November at the University of Nottingham Malaysia and Limkokwing University respectively. The theme of the annual summit is ‘An Intergenerational Convergence’ and key topics are: Climate Policy and Finance, Digital Economy and Entrepreneurship, Peacebuilding & Global Inequality and Social Cohesion.
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