Central Library open hours during exams

The Central Library has extended open hours during exams. Starting Friday 25 May we will be open 8.00am-11.00pm every day until Friday the 22 June, when we will return to our usual open hours.

In support of our students sitting exams the library staff would like to wish you all the best.  We will be providing free tea and coffee during the exam period to help you through, just remember to bring your own cup!

If you experience back pain from sitting for long hours, we have workshops starting this Friday 25 May in The Den at Central Library. The workshop starts at 12.00pm and runs for only 20 minutes, and best of all, it is free.

Volunteer and travel with University and Tertiary Sport NZ

Calling students keen to travel and volunteer at a major global sports event!

Would you like to volunteer at the World Badminton Champs in Malaysia or the Wrestling Champs in Brazil? How about the Cheerleading Champs in Poland or Netball Champs in Uganda?

Some of you may not know that New Zealand tertiary students can apply to be a volunteer at the FISU World University Championships. If your application is successful, FISU will cover your accommodation, local transport and full board.

It is a unique global work experience to put on your CV and allows you to make contacts in the international sporting community. The Championship events occur every two years, featuring many different sports around the globe.

The application deadline is the end of June for those events taking place between September-December 2018. Find out more here>

My six weeks of university in China

Three months ago I was sitting outside Tiananmen Square at midnight, bonding with a chain-smoking military guard over the song Africa by Toto, and I wondered – how did I get here?

While this realm of existentialism is probably best left to Jaden Smith, (and the puns left to actually funny human beings), the specific case of ending up in China was a result of the absolutely primo opportunity offered by UC to take part in a six-week summer programme at Peking University, Beijing. I was lucky enough to be (definitely by accident) selected for this.

Aside from living in a totally different world, the opportunities on this programme are endless. We (attempted) to learn Mandarin, were taken to many traditional ceremonies, got involved with the expat community, worked on research for Chinese/New Zealand immigration, spent 3 days in Guangzhou meeting students, and heard some of the most phenomenally weird and wonderful stories of China’s history in daily classes at Peking. Additionally, I got to risk my life every morning; one commutes to campus by bike.

It’s a phenomenal place where social and technological evolution is accelerating at a ridiculous rate, and I would highly recommend anyone to apply for this fantastic opportunity. If I can make the cut, frankly anyone can. In the famous words of Chinese philosopher Shia LaBoeuf; “Just DO IT.”

Tim Marshall

Find more information about the six-week summer programme to Peking University here>
Applications close Tuesday 31 July 2018

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