Discover the world with the Gallup world poll

Thanks to the generous support of the University of Canterbury Foundation, students and staff now have access to the Gallup World Poll!

Only a few universities in the world have access to this data. UC  is the first university in New Zealand to give this opportunity to its staff and students. 

Gallup’s World Poll continually surveys residents in more than 150 countries, representing more than 99% of the world’s adult population, using randomly selected, nationally representative samples.

  • Gallup typically surveys 1,000 individuals in each country, using a standard set of core questions that has been translated into the major languages of the respective country.
  • Questions cover a wide range of issues including work, law and order, social issues, ethics, well-being etc.
  • Data are yearly and available since 2006. Because of its worldwide coverage, the Gallup World Poll provides a unique opportunity to put the New Zealand opinion into an international perspective and stimulate global awareness.

Did you know  that in 2013, 66% of New Zealand respondents who were employed indicated they considered their job to be the ideal job for them (compared to 80% of German respondents)? Or that in 2017, 90% of New Zealand respondents indicated the area they live in is a good place to live for racial/ethnic minorities (compared to 42% of Chinese respondents)?

Added value

In addition to the Gallup Analytics portal which provides access to the aggregated results of these polls, staff and students can also obtain respondent level data from the Gallup World Poll via the Business and Economics Subject Librarian, Janette Nicolle. Given there are about 1000 respondents per country, for over 100 countries in the world and for most years since 2006, this is a great source of data for both research and teaching!

If you would like to know more details about this dataset or discuss possible uses of the data, please feel free to contact Business and Economics Subject Librarian, Janette Nicolle or Associate Professor Tom Coupe who has experience working with this database.

Exchange opportunities including at Sciences Po Paris

Did you know you can spend a semester on exchange at one of over 60 exchange partners (including Sciences Po Paris) as part of your degree?

With courses available in both English and French, the Sciences Po Paris exchange is a great option for students with limited or no background in French. For students who have a level of French language, this is a fantastic opportunity to become immersed in the culture and lifestyle, while further developing your language skills!

Through the UC Student Exchange Programme, you can have the unique opportunity to study at partner universities throughout the world in amazing locations like China, Singapore, Spain, France, UK, USA and many more. The great thing about UC Student Exchange is that you pay UC tuition fees and do not pay tuition fees at the partner university. We are also offering economy return airfares to eligible students.*

*Please note that terms and conditions apply.

The application deadline for most exchanges in Semester One 2019 is coming up on 31 May 2018, so don’t delay! For all information, including entry requirements, how to apply and a full list of exchange partners, visit the outgoing exchange website.

During a recent visit to France, Jacinda Ardern spoke at Sciences Po Paris about the challenges of climate change from a Pacific perspective. This was followed by a dialogue with students, moderated by Laurence Tubiana, professor at Sciences Po and ambassador for climate change negotiations in 2015. Check out the full interview here.

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 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.