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


Canterbury University and Industry NZ Partnership

Strategic Partnership Agreement Signed Between the University of Canterbury and Industry New Zealand

The University of Canterbury is set to play a more active role in regional and national economic and business development as the result of a strategic partnership being signed with Industry New Zealand today.

The partnership agreement outlines how the University and Industry New Zealand will work together on economic development initiatives, support for businesses, and projects such as the recently-launched Human Interface Technology Laboratory of New Zealand.

The University wants to develop strong links with industry and broaden its research focus with increasing emphasis on applied research with commercial potential. It is also keen to play a role in regional leadership.

Industry New Zealand General Manager Southern Region Paul Claridge says Industry New Zealand sees the tertiary sector as enormously important if New Zealand's economic performance is to be improved.

"This is the first strategic partnership Industry New Zealand has signed with a university, and I am sure it won't be the last.

"Many of the children starting primary school today will work in industries that haven't been conceived yet. And some of our top companies in ten years time haven't been started yet.

"Those are hugely exciting challenges for us all. This strategic partnership will help Canterbury University build relationships with industry, and be more finely attuned to emerging business trends and developments.

"It will be a powerful driver for commercialisation of applied research occurring within the University.

"And if Industry New Zealand is serious about supporting our high growth potential businesses and propelling them into global markets, then we have to play a bigger role in guiding skills and talent development."

The Tertiary Education Commission and Industry New Zealand have also begun working closely together to secure better alignment between education and industry, Mr Claridge said.

Professor John Raine, the University's Pro Vice-Chancellor (International), welcomed the relationship with Industry New Zealand warmly and said it would be of key importance to the University.

"The University has developed a close working relationship with Industry New Zealand on initiatives to build industry-linked research capability. We've been assisted by Canterbury Development Corporation and all three parties are cooperating on projects that are aimed at promoting regional economic development.

"The Human Interface Technology Laboratory of New Zealand (HIT Lab NZ) and the proposed e-Security Lab are two very good examples. Both of these ventures will create new technology and will involve close collaboration with industry."

Examples of the strategic partnership working in action in addition to the HIT Lab NZ and e-Security laboratory, include establishing an internship programme allowing business students to work in local industry, collaboration between Industry New Zealand's Business Development Advisors and the University's commercialising arm, Canterprise, and linking the University with Industry New Zealand's sector research and strategies.

The signing ceremony is taking place at: Time: 8.30am Date: Friday 20 September 2002 Venue: University of Canterbury Registry, Vice-Chancellor's Office,

© Scoop Media

Culture Headlines | Health Headlines | Education Headlines


NZ On Air TV Funding: More Comedy Comes Out Of The Shadows

Paranormal Event Response Unit is a series conceived by Jemaine Clement and Taika Waititi as a TV spin-off from their highly acclaimed feature film What We Do In The Shadows. More>>


Mars News: Winners Announced For The 2016 Apra Silver Scroll Awards

Wellington singer-songwriter and internationally acclaimed musician Thomas Oliver has won the 2016 APRA Silver Scroll Award with his captivating love song ‘If I Move To Mars’. More>>


Scoop Review Of Books: Salt River Songs by Sam Hunt

Colin Hogg, a longtime comrade of Sam, writes in his Introduction that, ‘There is a lot of death in this collection of new poems by my friend Sam Hunt. It’s easier to count the poems here that don’t deal with the great destroyer than it is to point to the ones that do.’ More>>

Electronica: Restoring The World’s First Recorded Computer Music

University of Canterbury Distinguished Professor Jack Copeland and UC alumni and composer Jason Long have restored the earliest known recording of computer-generated music, created more than 65 years ago using programming techniques devised by Alan Turing. More>>


Scoop Review Of Books: Almost Getting Away With Murder

The Black Widow by Lee-Anne Cartier: Lee-Anne Cartier is the sister of the Christchurch man found to have been murdered by his wife, Helen Milner, after an initial assumption by police that his death, in 2009, was suicide. More>>

Howard Davis: Triple Echo - The Malevich/Reinhardt/Hotere Nexus

Howard Davis: The current juxtaposition of works by Ralph Hotere and Ad Reinhardt at Te Papa perfectly exemplifies Jean Michel Massing's preoccupation with the transmigration of imagery in a remarkable triple echo effect... More>>

Get More From Scoop



Search Scoop  
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news