Media Advisory May 5

Rankings jump provides birthday boost

The University of Waikato has just been confirmed as one of the top 50 universities in the world in its peer group. In its 50th anniversary year, the university has been ranked at 44 out of 5000 universities in the influential Times Higher Education Top 100 Under 50 list, two positions better than when the rankings were last issued in 2013 and 14 places higher than the 2012 ranking. The rankings only include universities less than 50 years old, and 2014 marks the final year of the University of Waikato’s inclusion in those ranks. Vice-Chancellor Professor Roy Crawford says the improved ranking is the perfect ending to the University’s first 50 years. Times Higher Education also ranks the University of Waikato as among the top 2% of the 17,000 universities worldwide while five subjects are ranked in the top 150 in the world QS rankings.

Jubilee Scholarships worth $10,000 now open

As part of this year’s 50th celebrations, the University of Waikato has launched 10 Golden Jubilee School Leaver Scholarships worth $10,000 a year for up to four years. The scholarships will be awarded to school leavers intending to study at the University of Waikato in 2015, and will be awarded on the basis of academic excellence, leadership potential and community citizenship. The scholarship will provide support for students to achieve academic excellence in a programme of study at the University of Waikato, to develop leadership skills through a tailored leadership and personal development programme, and to foster community involvement and participation. Applications are open from 1 May to 1 September, and students wishing to apply must be enrolled in a New Zealand secondary school in 2014. More information is available on the university website

Delegation heading to Indonesia

A high-powered delegation from the University of Waikato visits Indonesia this month to catch up with alumni and hold meetings with Indonesia’s Ministry of Education and Culture and one of the country’s top universities, Airlangga. The delegation is headed by Chancellor, the Rt Hon Jim Bolger, and Vice-Chancellor Professor Roy Crawford and includes faculty 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. During the visit – from 11-15 May –the delegation will meet with Airlangga University in Surabaya and Indonesia’s Ministry of Education and Culture in Jakarta. On the final night of the visit the delegation will host an event at the New Zealand ambassador’s residence for alumni and friends to mark the University’s 50th anniversary. 

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 Open Day is followed this year by Community Open Day on Saturday, May 17.

Waikato University to host first Community Open Day

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 event is a family-friendly public showcase of the University’s facilities, campus, research and history. It takes place the day after the university’s annual recruitment Open Day for prospective students and their families (Friday, May 16). Vice-Chancellor Professor Roy Crawford says Community Open Day is an opportunity for the public to see first-hand what the university offers. Community Open Day will see the campus broken into ‘themed hubs’ that will feature a variety of activities, interactive exhibits and demonstrations. Mini-lectures and tours around the campus will also be available on the day, which runs from 11am-4pm. It is followed by a function for alumni. More information on both can be found 

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 on 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.

Research institute scholarships on offer

The University of Waikato is again offering 12 scholarships for doctoral and masters students. There are six research institutes at the university and they are each offering a doctoral scholarship worth $22,000 a year plus tuition fees, and a masters scholarship worth $12,000 that includes a fees component of $3,500. The research institutes support world-class research in environmental science, demography and economic analysis, business and leadership, professional learning and development, education and Māori and indigenous development. Applications for these scholarships close on 30 June. For more information visit

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 month 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 14 May at 6-7pm at the University of Waikato in room S.1.01.

Rat trap technology a winner

A conservation management system designed by Waikato University computer science students impressed the judges at last week’s Microsoft Imagine Cup. Jourdan Templeton, Nathan Holland and Stephen Quayle developed a small transmitter that’s connected to a humane self-loading trap and records each time it is triggered, sending the information an internet server for processing. The data can show when there’s increased pest activity in an area. The students were runners-up in the Innovation category of the Imagine Cup which requires entrants to create an original technology project and take it through all stages of development. 

Tertiary Partnership hosts Tauranga Business After 5

The Bay of Plenty Tertiary Education Partnership will jointly host the Chamber of Commerce Business After 5 networking event in Tauranga this week. The Partnership includes Te Whare Wānanga o Awanuiārangi, Bay of Plenty Polytechnic, Waiariki Institute of Technology and the University of Waikato. Waiariki joined the partnership earlier this year. The BA5 event provides an opportunity for the partnership to meet with the Bay of Plenty business community and to discuss some of the research and educational initiatives underway. Business After 5 will be hosted at the University’s Coastal Marine Field Station, Cross Rd, Sulphur Point, Wednesday 7 May, 5.15pm-7.00pm.

Visiting fellows to present two public lectures on indigenous issues

Two visiting fellows from the University of Manitoba, Canada, are visiting the University of Waikato this week. Associate Professor Kiera Ladner and Master of Laws student Myra Tait will be speaking at two public lectures being held on Tuesday 6 May and Wednesday 7 May. Dr Ladner is an associate professor in political science at the University of Manitoba and will be speaking on indigenous understandings of the Canadian numbered treaties. She currently holds the Canada Research Chair in Indigenous Politics and Governance in the Department of Political Studies at the University of Manitoba. Myra Tait is a member of Berens River First Nation, Manitoba (Canada), and is researching Aboriginal taxation and treaty implementation. She’ll be talking about the indigenous constitutional politics in Canada, Australia and New Zealand. Both lectures run from 11am – 12pm in K.G.09.

University rugby on a roll

There are seven Waikato rugby players in the newly named New Zealand Under 20 side to contest the IRB Junior world championship next month. Five of them are University of Waikato students and five play for the University of Waikato Rugby club. Props Tau Koloamatangi and Sir Edmund Hillary scholar Atunaisa Moli are current Waikato students, who’ll be joining University club hooker Hame Faiva in the front row for the world event being held in New Zealand in June. Other Waikato Hillary scholars in the side are lock/loose forward James Tucker, first five/fullback Damian McKenzie and loose forward Mitchell Jacobson. Midfielder Anton Lienert Brown plays for the University club, has a University of Waikato Rugby Development scholarship and has completed the first year of a Bachelor of Sport and Leisure Studies at Waikato. The 28-strong squad assembles later this month for the tournament that kicks off on June 2 with a match against Samoa. 

Sculler wins place on FIFA Masters 

International rower Emma Twigg will have her head in text books when she’s not rowing over the next year. The single sculler and Waikato graduate is one of 30 people selected for the FIFA Masters in Sports Management, selected from 300 applicants worldwide. The degree involves study at three universities – eight weeks each at De Montfort University (UK) to study humanities of sport, the University of Bocconi in Milan for marketing management and finance and at the University of Neuchâtel in Switzerland where she’ll be studying law. She’ll become a student again after the Rowing World Championships in August. 

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 on Monday 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.

Career expos in Auckland, Whakatane and Rotorua

Student Recruitment Advisors from the University of Waikato will be at the Auckland Careers Expo at the ASB Showgrounds, Greenlane on Thursday, May 8 from 10am-3pm and 5pm-7pm, Friday, May 9 from 10am-3pm and Saturday, May 10 from 10am-4pm. In Whakatane, advisors will be at the Eastern Bay of Plenty Careers Expo at Whakatane High School onMonday, May 12 from 9am-3pm. At the Rotorua Careers Expo at Rotorua Energy Events Centre on Wednesday, May 14 from 11am-2.30pm, and 4pm-7pm, and on Thursday, May 15 from 9am-3pm.

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