Media Advisory December 8

New Vice-Chancellor to take the reins at University of Waikato

A new Vice-Chancellor has been appointed at the University of Waikato – Professor Neil Quigley will lead the organisation from February next year. Professor Quigley replaces the current Vice-Chancellor, Professor Roy Crawford, who retires from the position at the end of this month having completed 10 years in the role. Professor Quigley is currently Provost at the Victoria University of Wellington. He takes up the role at the University of Waikato on February 9, 2015. Professor Quigley has a BA and MA with first class honours from the University of Canterbury, and a PhD from the University of Toronto. He has a substantial publication record in monographs and international academic journals, and an honorary doctorate from the University of Economics in Vietnam. He holds several board and expert advisory group memberships; in particular he is a Director of the Reserve Bank of New Zealand and also a Director of the New Zealand Qualifications Authority.

Waikato and Auckland universities in ICT Grad School bid

The University of Waikato is among six groups invited by the government to apply to host one of three ICT Graduate Schools being established in Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch. Waikato is collaborating with Auckland University on the proposal, with the schools aimed at connecting tertiary education and industry to deliver more ICT skills. The Graduate Schools are a $28.6 million Budget 2014 initiative and are expected to cater for at least 350 students. The shortlisted groups have until early March 2015 to submit proposals.

Prime Minister's Scholarships open doors to Asia

Seven University of Waikato students and two student groups have been awarded Prime Minister's Scholarships for Asia. Waikato Management School students Mark Kooter will spend four months and Leo Rempe will spend three months on internships with D'nonce Technology in Malaysia. Mathew Remmerswaal is off to China's Renmin University on a four-month exchange, and Jessica Clark will go to Renmin University on a four-month Chinese Business Studies exchange. Arts students Isaac Niven will go to Shanghai International Studies University for a nine-month Chinese language exchange and Michael Christodolides is heading to Japan's Kansai University on a four-month Japanese language and culture studies exchange. Science student Jordan Wilson is off on a four-month Japanese language and culture studies exchange to Kansai Gaidai in Japan. A group of 10 from the Faculty of Law will spend six weeks studying Chinese law and language at Shanghai International Studies University in China, and a group of seven from the same faculty will spend six weeks in Indonesia studying Indonesian culture, law and business at Universitas Airlangga, Surabaya.

Sustainable cultural tourism focus for doctoral student

Research highlighting the significance of sustainable cultural tourism is the objective for University of Waikato PhD candidate Mei Cooper. The distinction between tourism alone and sustainable cultural tourism, which prioritises the wellbeing of indigenous communities, cultural preservation and conserving the natural environment while providing economic returns to tribes, is important for Mei. She says tourism can potentially exploit the natural environment and host communities, contradicting those values she holds important as a Māori woman researcher. She is the recipient of a Te Kotahi Research Institute Doctoral Scholarship, worth up to $85,000, and is researching whether tribal investment in sustainable cultural tourism along the Waikato River will improve the tribal wellbeing of Waikato-Tainui. She will also carry out case studies at Te Awamārahi, Tūrangawaewae and Maungatautari marae, chosen for their location along the Waikato River.

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