Education Policy | Post Primary | Preschool | Primary | Tertiary | Search


University Of Otago Auckland Appointment

The University of Otago recently appointed Phil Gates as Employer Liaison Officer, a new position based in Auckland.

American born Mr Gates has lived in Auckland for the past 10 years, working for the first three years for a private consulting firm in the financial sector.

He was appointed US Trade Commissioner to New Zealand in 1993 and remained in that position for five years, returning to private consulting in 1998.

Mr Gates' role with the University of Otago is to liaise between the university and both the public and private sectors, making sure the university's graduates are well prepared to contribute to the success of their employers. By building stronger ties, the University benefits from the advice and involvement of employers to ensure that its courses are relevant to today's market. Employers benefit by reducing their cost of acquiring new employees that meet the specific needs of their organisations.

The position is a new one and comes about as a result of consultation with employers. A strong recommendation was that the university could strengthen its relationship with employers by appointing a liaison person based in Auckland, where 10,000 Otago graduates are in employment.

Mr Gates says another important part of his work is to help employers to develop programmes for employment of graduates.

"Bringing university graduates into the workforce is a way of invigorating and bringing new ideas and youth into the workforce," says Mr Gates. "Employers are looking for graduates who can communicate well, can work in teams well, can stand on their feet and make decisions well," he added.

For further information, please contact: Phil Gates University of Otago, Auckland Centre Tel: 09 3739717 Issued by: Barbara Crocker Consultus New Zealand Tel 09 309 2900

© Scoop Media

Culture Headlines | Health Headlines | Education Headlines


Reuben Moss' Property is Theft! & Kaitani at The Physics Room

Property is Theft! continues Moss’ interest in the contemporary urban environment as a space controlled by pulsing and unequal flows of capital and labour. Kaitani features work by the University of Canterbury Fijian Students Association and Kulimoe’anga Stone Maka. More>>

Handcrafted Form: Rare Treasures From Japan

This unique exhibition at Expressions Whirinaki represents 90 everyday objects made by contemporary Japanese artisans who employ various traditional craft techniques made in regional workshops. The works used in daily life are crafted from raw materials with techniques appropriate to bringing out the best of its medium, balancing ease of use with aesthetic appeal. More>>

Howard Davis Article: A Musical Axis - Brahms, Wagner, Sibelius

Brahms' warm and exquisitely subtle Symphony No. 3 in F major, Wagner's irrepressibly sentimental symphonic poem Siegfried Idyll, and Sibelius' chilling and immensely challenging Violin Concerto in D minor exemplify distinct stages of development in a tangled and convoluted series of skirmishes that came to define subsequent disputes about the nature of post-Romantic orchestral writing well into the following century. More>>

Scoop Review Of Books: A Pale Ghost Writer

Reviewed by Ruth Brassington, Richard Flanagan's new novel is about a novelist hastily ghost-writing the biography of a crook about to go to trial. The reader is kept on a cliff-edge, as the narrator tries to get blood out of his stone man. More>>

New Zealand Wars Commemoration: Witi Ihimaera's Sleeps Standing Moetū

The second of several articles to mark Rā Maumahara, remembering the New Zealand Land Wars. The first was a Q&A with Vincent O’Malley, author of The Great War for New Zealand: Waikato 1800–2000. More>>




  • Wellington
  • Christchurch
  • Auckland