Senior academic and research staff from Waikato University’s Computer Science Department are this month meeting with Western Bay of Plenty companies with business interests in ICT to explore mutual research and training interests. The December 16 meeting in Tauranga has been organised with the assistance of Tauranga’s business development organisation, Priority One, and its network of ICT and related industries, the Western Bay of Plenty ICT Cluster. The University of Waikato will discuss its research capabilities and its capacity for delivering graduate IT training in Tauranga, and will seek feedback on what demand there is for both research and specialist training within the ICT industry in the region.
The University of Waikato boasts New Zealand’s best Computer Science Department. For example, the department is in the top five in the world for search engine optimisation research, and one of its graduates, Craig Nevill-Manning, is Director of Google Engineering in New York.