Media Advisory May 12

Agreements and friends on agenda for Indonesia visit

A high-level, multi-disciplinary delegation from the University of Waikato is visiting Indonesia this week to catch up with alumni and sign a Memorandum of Understanding with one of the country’s top universities. The delegation is headed by Chancellor, the Rt Hon Jim Bolger, and Vice-Chancellor Professor Roy Crawford and includes deans Professor Roger Moltzen (Education), Professor Bradford Morse (Law), and Professor Geoffrey Holmes (Computing and Mathematical Sciences), along with South East Asia International Market Manager Elle Freestone. The visit – from May 11-15 – takes in Indonesia’s second largest city Surabaya and the capital Jakarta. In Surabaya, a Memorandum of Understanding will be signed with Airlangga University, one of Indonesia’s top universities with more than 24,000 students and 13 faculties. In Jakarta the delegation will visit secondary schools before hosting an event at the New Zealand Ambassador’s residence for alumni and friends to mark the University of Waikato’s 50th anniversary. Among the high-profile University of Waikato alumni attending is Teuku Faizasyah, Indonesia’s Presidential spokesman for Foreign Affairs, who completed his PhD at Waikato in 2004. 

Waikato University gears up for Open Day

Time-travel, bats and tween culture – an odd mix, but all are part of mini-lecture topics to be featured at this year’s University of Waikato Open Day on Friday, May 16. The annual event, which is free and open to the public, is designed to showcase the qualifications, academic excellence, student support, facilities and lifestyle the university offers students. Thousands of students come to the Hamilton campus every year from Taranaki, Gisborne, Northland, Bay of Plenty and Hawke’s Bay to attend Open Day. Throughout the day, prospective students have the chance to try their hand at science experiments, take part in tours around the halls and campus, and talk to staff and students about study options. Open Day is also an opportunity for others who may want to commence their studies in the mid-year intake. For more information about Open Day visit www.waikato.ac.nz/events/openday/. Open Day is followed this year by Community Open Day on Saturday, May 17.

Community Open Day this Saturday

The University of Waikato will be opening its doors to young and old on Saturday, May 17 as it hosts its first Community Open Day. As part of the University’s 50th celebrations this year, the Saturday afternoon event is a family-friendly public showcase of the University’s facilities, campus, research and history. It is suitable for all age, and takes place the day after University’s annual recruitment Open Day for prospective students and their families (Friday, May 16). Community Open Day will see the campus sectioned off into ‘themed hubs’ which will feature a variety of activities, interactive exhibits and demonstrations. A number of lectures will be taking place throughout the day, covering topics from ‘The Magic of Chemistry: With Garon the Wizard’ to ‘Light Heavyweight: Titanium research for the value added economy’. Tours around the campus will also take place and the day is capped off with an event for alumni. More information can be found at www.waikato.ac.nz/50/community-open-day.shtml 

Waikato University students lead the way

Three Waikato University students have been appointed on the new Youth Council Advisory Panel to Hamilton City Council. Kate Lunn (LLB) and William Lewis (LLB/BSocSc) return for another term, while Kayla Liddington (BMS) has been appointed to the Youth Council for the first time. The students were selected for their active involvement in the youth sector, and will provide advice to council on key issues affecting youth in Hamilton. Kate, William and Kayla join seven other young Hamiltonians on the panel and will be supported by Councillor Margaret Forsyth as the Council representative. The Youth Council will meet bi-monthly throughout the three-year Council term.

Our man at the UN Permanent Forum in New York

Dr Robert Joseph, Director of Te Mata Hautū Taketake - the Māori and Indigenous Governance Centre (MIGC) - at Waikato University is presenting at the UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues today (Monday, May 12), the first day of a two-week UN event. As MIGC’s representative at the forum, Dr Joseph will speak about Māori and Indigenous governance to an audience that will include representatives from many and varied indigenous peoples’ organisations, the US and other government and UN officials, and global representatives from NGOs. He is also running a side event with Te Piringa-Faculty of Law colleagues Linda Te Aho and Valmaine Toki, supported by Te Puni Kokiri and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, promoting New Zealand, Waikato University and MIGC; and will be speaking on behalf of MIGC in some of the open dialogue korero on mechanisms, processes and instruments of redress, an optional protocol for the Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, and best practices and examples on resolving land disputes and land claims.

Fieldays scholarships 2014

A management student and a science student are the recipients of this year’s National Agricultural Fieldays Sir Don Llewellyn Scholarships awarded to Waikato University masters students studying agriculture-related topics. Thomas Macdonald is studying for a Master of Management Studies and has been awarded $17,000 to assist his study into the cost of environmental compliance in the dairy industry. Thomas says the regulations regarding nutrient-management continue to increase, and he’s finding out what the different options are for farmers and how much they are costing. A key aim of his research is to bridge the information gap between regulators and farmers as well as the rural-urban divide regarding the investment made in protecting the environment. Brooke Wilson, who is studying for her Master of Science in biological sciences, has been awarded $5000 for her study into the effects of NANOG down-regulation in bovine embryos.

Endangered species and wildlife protection

A trio of high-profile speakers will give their perspectives of endangered species and wildlife protection at a seminar at the University of Waikato next week. They will look at issues in New Zealand, Europe and North America. Pip Wallace, a senior lecturer in environmental planning at Waikato, will talk about the limitations of the Resource Management Act as a default measure for wildlife protection in New Zealand. The protection of endangered species in Europe will be addressed by attorney at law Dr Peter Schütte who lectures at the University of Bremen’s Faculty of Law and is a visiting fellow at Waikato. He will cover permit enforcement procedures and judiciary control. The third speaker will be Professor Shaun Fluker from the University of Calgary in Canada. His specialist areas include access to the legal systems for people advocating environmental protection, the implementation of environmental norms in law and the regulation of environmental markets. The Centre for Environmental, Resources and Energy Law is hosting the event which is sponsored by the Canadian-New Zealand Studies Unit. It takes place on Thursday, May 22, 4.45pm-7pm at the Gallagher Academy of Performing Arts at the University of Waikato.

Visiting academics tackle food security issues

Like New Zealand, agriculture is the backbone of the Indian economy and sustainable agriculture is essential to ensure food security to more than 300 million of India’s poor. Two visiting academics from the Indian Institute of Technology Kharagpur, professors Rajendra Singh and Manoj Kumar Tiwari, will give a public lecture on sustainable food security in India focussing on technological interventions for production, processing and logistics. The lecture, hosted by the Institute of Business Research (IBR) at Waikato University Management School, takes place tomorrow (Tuesday, May 13) at 6pm at the Academy of Performing Arts. Dr Surya Pandey from IBR says the IIT team is in New Zealand to work with academics here on a university-wide strategic project called Key Capacity and Research Development in Logistics, Supply Chain Management and Agribusiness. He says their lecture will also have relevance to New Zealand and will cover opportunities for the Waikato region, especially in agribusiness and supply chain management.

History’s incomparable truths: Suicide in New Zealand

Suicide is a major 21st century problem, but one with a much longer history. Social historians, medical historians, and specialists in suicide studies face a common challenge when investigating the issue; a shortage of authentic experience. New Zealand’s coronial inquests offer ways to answer the challenge. Professor John Weaver from McMaster University, Ontario is giving a free public lecture at the University of Waikato this week on the history of suicide in New Zealand. His talk titled ‘History’s Incomparable Truths: The Gender Gap and Self-Destructive Conduct, New Zealand, 1900-2000’, is based on a larger study where coronial records, newspaper reports and other sources were investigated to provide a close-up view of suicide within a much larger historical pattern and account of suicide statistics in the 20th century. Professor Weaver will give his public lecture on Wednesday, May 14 from 6pm-7pm at the University of Waikato in room S.1.01.

Waikato Management School to host global leadership forum 

The move towards building a more entrepreneurial economy within New Zealand and establishing stronger partnerships with important players in international markets requires people to lead in multi-cultural and multi-geographical environments. Waikato University Management School has recognised this need for developing global leaders and will host a Global Leadership Forum today, May 12, targeting corporates in the Bay of Plenty, Waikato and South Auckland regions, as well as University of Waikato alumni and staff. The forum is being held at Claudelands Events Centre in Hamilton and will provide participants with key insights designed to provoke, challenge, inform and inspire new perspectives for developing their leadership capability. There will also be opportunities to mix informally with keynote speakers and leaders in key industry sectors, including Unilever Europe President and Waikato alumnus Jan Zijderveld; Executive Director of Hawkins Construction, Jim Boult, and Founding Partner of Chen Palmer Public and Employment Law Specialists, Mai Chen. 

Waikato Uni cycling team wins against Auckland

Yesterday (May 11) University of Waikato students took part in the Cycle for Life event in Clevedon. As part of the event, Waikato teams competed against Auckland University teams with Waikato the winners. Teams rode in the open grade/fun ride section of this annual event. The Waikato women’s team was made up of Pip Sutton, Madi Farrant, Courtney Grenfell and Ruby Perry. In the men’s team was Louis Wright, Callum Saunders, Brad Barbour, Matt Grenfell, Brad Jones and Simon Binney. 

Waikato University recruiters at career expos 

Student Recruitment Advisers from the University of Waikato will be at the Eastern Bay of Plenty Careers Expo at Whakatane High School on Tuesday, May 13 from 9am-3pm, and at the Rotorua Careers Expo at Rotorua Energy Events Centre on Wednesday, May 14 from 10am-2.30pm, and 3.30pm-6.30pm, and on Thursday, May 15 from 9am-3pm. They will also be at the Wellington Careers Expo at the TSB Arena on Friday, May 16 from 10am-4pm and Saturday, May 17 from 9am-3pm. The advisers talk to potential students about the flexibility of study at the University of Waikato, the lifestyle and the academic choices.

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