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Innovative research and development institute open

Innovative research and development institute opens

Education Minister Trevor Mallard today opened Ultralab South in Christchurch, the New Zealand branch of an international research and development institute. It has been established in partnership with the Canterbury Development Corporation.

Ultralab, which originated in the UK, has chosen New Zealand as its Southern Hemisphere base and aims to assist our government identify new and innovative technologies to improve the development of educational programmes.

“Innovation is an area this government is spending a lot of time addressing and it is part of our vision to see all our young people better qualified than ever before, “ Trevor Mallard said.

“Today’s students need to keep acquiring information management skills while at school to successfully take their place in the online world of the 21st century.

“New Zealand’s diverse, adaptable and innovative society and its flexible and modern curriculum make it an ideal environment for exploring and testing new ICT and other technical developments.

“Ultralab will become an important player in helping our network of research organisations, educational institutions and communities acquire technologies aimed at gaining knowledge, skilled workers and financing,” said Trevor Mallard.

Ultralab has already forged strong links with the New Zealand education community and has undertaken work involving the professional development of teachers and principals including the Principals' Electronic Network.

Ultralab South will focus on innovative projects with a variety of collaborative partners to ensure learning and teaching processes take advantage of today’s technological opportunities.

Ultralab is headed by Professor Stephen Heppell, and is involved in a variety of projects in the education, community and health fields around the world.

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