Media Advisory 17 October 2016

University of Waikato international partnership first of its kind
The University of Waikato has become the first New Zealand university to be approved to teach and award its degrees in China. Starting in September 2017, the University of Waikato will establish a joint Institute with Zhejiang University City College (ZUCC) which will allow students to complete their degree studies in China and receive a dual degree from both universities. ZUCC is an independent college of Zhejiang University – one of the top three universities in China. The first intake of students will be able to study for degrees in finance, media and creative technologies, and computer graphic design.
Contact: Nicola Lee, 07 838 4401, or nlee@waikato.ac.nz

New Tauranga CBD campus design concept confirmed
A proposed design concept for the tertiary campus development in Tauranga’s CBD has been approved by its three regional funders – Tauranga City Council, Bay of Plenty Regional Council, and Tauranga Energy Consumer Trust. The concept has also been approved by the Tauranga Tertiary Campus Charitable Trust, the entity responsible for overseeing the interests of the three regional funders. The approved concept design highlights the facilities that will be built to create flexible, modern undergraduate and postgraduate teaching. Features include customisable teaching spaces, a 200-seat lecture theatre, a multi-function space, computer labs, and common areas for studying and socialising. It’s expected to open by 2020.
Contact: Nicola Lee, 07 838 4401, or nlee@waikato.ac.nz

Freshwater management to benefit from new institute
Science and Innovation Minister Steven Joyce has announced the creation of a freshwater institute between NIWA and the University of Waikato. Te Waiora, Joint Institute for Freshwater Management (NIWA and the University of Waikato) will be on the University’s Hamilton campus and involve iwi, national and international partners. Research projects will span river environments, lakes and wetlands and urban environments and the interactions between science, human behaviour, economics and policy.
Contact: Nicola Lee, 07 838 4401, or nlee@waikato.ac.nz

New guidelines provide a framework for Māori biomedical research
Associate Professor Maui Hudson led a Health Research Council-funded national research project to develop culturally-informed guidelines for ethical research to protect Māori interests in biobanking and genomic research. The Te Mata Ira Genome and He Tangata Kei Tua Biobanking guidelines draw on the foundations of mātauranga and tikanga to establish frameworks for researchers engaging with Māori for genomic research and biobanking, and are the result of extensive research and consultation with many groups including scientists and iwi, with support from an indigenous advisory group. The Te Mata Ira Guidelines for Genomic Research with Māori will be launched at the free, public ‘Healthier Lives’ event in Wellington tomorrow, Tuesday 18 October.
Contact: Nicola Lee, 07 838 4401, or nlee@waikato.ac.nz

Waikato students’ work exhibited in California
The creative works of four University of Waikato PhD students is being showcased at an exhibition at the C.N. Gorman Museum at the University of California Davis (UCD), Sacramento in the US. The exhibition, called Patterns of Endurance, features the work of Kahutoi Te Kanawa, Donna Campbell, LisaNa Red Bear and Tawhanga Nopera. Their creative research is about transformation ‒ how, through making objects the voices of ancestors are enhanced, creating pathways for generations yet to thrive. Waikato University academics Associate Professor Leonia Pihama and Professor Linda Tuhiwai Smith worked with museum staff and academics at UDC to ensure the Waikato students’ work was exhibited, and they’ll travel to California next month with the students to give lectures at the exhibition which runs until December 2. http://gormanmuseum.ucdavis.edu/index.htm
Contact: Associate Professor Leonie Pihama, 07 838 4618, or lpihama@waikato.ac.nz

Oji Fibre Solutions Engineering Design Show
The University of Waikato’s School of Engineering annual Oji Fibre Solutions Engineering Design Show is on this week. At the event, Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) students showcase their design and research projects through oral and poster presentations. The School of Engineering will also be hosting an Industry Network Event on the Monday evening providing an opportunity for industry professionals, current engineering students and alumni to connect with the school and hear from academic staff on their current research relevant for industry. The design show runs from October 17-19 in S Block on the Hamilton campus.
Contact: Kayleigh Farquhar, 07 838 4628, or kayleigh@waikato.ac.nz

Chemistry quiz set to challenge young minds 
Every year since 1997, the University of Waikato’s School of Science has provided the opportunity for students studying chemistry at NCEA level 2 to compete for the ChemQuest trophy and other prizes. Secondary schools in the university’s catchment area (Waikato, Bay of Plenty, King Country) are invited to send teams of three to the chemistry quiz evening. About 200 students and teachers are expected to attend ChemQuest this Wednesday October 19 at 7pm to take out the ChemQuest trophy. The event is in the PWC Lecture Theatre on the Hamilton campus.
Contact: Associate Professor Michele Prinsep, 07 837 9392, or michele@waikato.ac.nz

Tourism scholarship for Jade
University of Waikato student Jade Curran is the 2016 recipient of the Thrifty Scholarship in Tourism worth up to $5000. Now in her honours year of a Bachelor of Social Science majoring in geography and tourism studies, Jade plans to put the scholarship towards completing her dissertation. Jade’s research looks at ways to make tourism more sustainable in New Zealand. The former Te Aroha College student has always had an interest in tourism and is excited to pursue a career in the industry. This scholarship is sponsored by Thrifty Car Rental as part of their ongoing partnership with the University of Waikato.
Contact: Megan Burton-Brown, 07 838 4419, or meganb@waikato.ac.nz,

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