Media Advisory December 1

Doing business with India

The third India-New Zealand Business Forum is on this week at the University of Waikato. The forum aims to set up direct trade and business contacts between the two countries and explore mutual and reciprocal opportunities in commerce and economic development. The forum is on December 4 and 5 with specific areas targeted for discussion: ICT, food and agribusiness, tourism and hospitality, education and research, with a focus on establishing a business in the two countries, including setting up operations, property rights, taxation and compliance, and policy initiatives. The Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce & Industry is supporting the forum which will be opened by the Indian High Commissioner in New Zealand HE Mr Ravi Thapar, and speakers from both countries include personnel from different industries, banking and academia. An international conference with a more academic focus, 'Business, Economics and Sustainability in Contemporary India' will precede the forum.

Prime Minister's Scholarships open doors to Asia

Seven University of Waikato students and two 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.

Conference to dish the dirt at University of Waikato

Researchers will be digging the dirt on soils this week as the University of Waikato hosts the New Zealand Society of Soil Science Conference. About 180 delegates will gather over four days to hear from some of the world's foremost soil experts. The keynote speaker is Oene Oenema, a professor in nutrient management and soil fertility at Wageningen University in the Netherlands, who will speak about the intensification of agricultural production in the European Union and the policy and public response to that. His keynote address is open to the public and is at 10.45am today (Monday, December 1) in room S.1.04 at the university. Also open to the public is the Norm Taylor Memorial Lecture - being delivered by AgResearch principal scientist Dr Stewart Ledgard - at 1pm on Thursday, December 4 at the same location. His speech is titled Nitrogen Efficiency – From Plant to Planet. Other top speakers at the conference include Ravensdown chief scientist Dr Ants Roberts, Dr Carolyn Olsen, senior scientist form the US Department of Agriculture climate change programme office, Taupo farmer Mike Barton and the university's AgriBusiness Professor Jacqueline Rowarth.

Waikato engineering students on track to success

The University of Waikato Formula SAE (Society of Automotive Engineers) team have their sights set firmly on success for the Formula SAE- Australasia competition in Melbourne. The competition, which runs from December 11-14, includes 26 teams and involves static and dynamic events, such as design, business and cost presentations, quality tests and racing events. Team leader Sam Brien says last year's team set the bar high. They were placed sixth overall and were the top New Zealand team at the competition. The group of University of Waikato Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) students including fourth-year students Sam Brien, Todd Carswell, Josh McIntyre, Nick Milne, Ben Sharp and Phillip Ross, say the 2013 success provided them with a solid foundation on which to build. The design goals for this year were to improve handling, power delivery and ergonomics of the car while still keeping the design simple and reliable. The car will be air freighted to Australia, followed by the team on December 3.

Coast to caves – changing environments the focus for Science Summer School

Investigating Waikato's coastal and cave environments will be the task for 40 top Year 12 students at the University of Waikato this week. The action-packed Hill Laboratories Waikato Science Summer School runs from November 30 – December 5, and gives the students a taste of what it can be like to study science and engineering at a tertiary level. The Summer School is an annual event run by Rotary District 9930 and Waikato University's Faculty of Science & Engineering, with sponsorship from Hill Laboratories. The week will begin with a field trip to explore Kawhia's coastline, the Ruakuri Caves and the Mangapohue Natural Bridge. The remainder of the week will be spent in the Faculty of Science & Engineering laboratories. Students from the following areas will be attending: Hamilton, Tauranga, Cambridge, Rotorua, Opotiki, Otorohanga, Morrinsville, Raglan, Te Kuiti, Whakatane, Whangamata, Reporoa, Waipukurau and Hastings.

Double Gallipoli commemoration

In Hamilton, New Zealand and Perth, Australia composers are creating musical works to commemorate 100 years since the Gallipoli landings.  They will premiere at virtually the same time in Wellington and Sydney on April 22 2015, just before Anzac Day. Waikato University music lecturer Mike Williams is writing a symphony titled Letters from the Front, inspired by letters sent home by New Zealand soldiers, including his own great grandfather. The work will be performed by the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra with soprano Madeleine Pierard and narrator George Henare. Mr Williams says he has taken a contemporary art music approach to the composition, "using different methods of organising the pitch". The Sydney Symphony Orchestra has commissioned Perth composer James Ledger to write a piece for choir and orchestra titled War Music, featuring words by Australian singer-songwriter Paul Kelly.

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