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Virtual hui – 30 May Global Ocean viewing

Global ocean modelling and the NZESM: What’s happening below the surface?

Virtual hui – 30 May, 2018 12:30pm

With Erik Behrens (NIWA)

The oceans are the largest ecosystem on our planet, with complex physical and bio-geochemical interaction between the atmosphere, sea ice and ice shelves. Oceans are the main storage for human-produced heat and carbon. At the same, oceans have the ability to redistribute heat and carbon both across large distances and over time, which makes them the key component in the climate system.

Read more and participate via ZOOM by registering here  (and download Zoom to your computer).

Physical hub at  University of Canterbury:

Room 411, Law Building

Get yourself a competitive edge

Need experience to get experience?  Getting a job should not look like this.

You need to get a competitive edge.

You’ve made a good start if you are already actively involved in the UC community, such as a club or society.  Why not go one step further and increase your employability by gaining key skills and experience while you study? Co-Curricular Record (CCR) is the way to go.

Workskills +  your graduate profile  = ‘got the competitive edge’

 UC has created a Graduate Profile : five attributes for UC students to develop that will set you apart from other university graduates.

The first is critical competence in a core academic discipline of your choice

A CCR activity will cover one of more of the other four attributes.  

They are:

Bicultural competence and confidence>

Community engagement>

Employability, innovation and enterprise>

Global awareness>

Work readiness skills

Alongside those attributes UC has identified nine of the most important work readiness skills that employers look for in university graduates.

These skills are:

  • Communication
  • Initiative and enterprise
  • Leadership
  • Learning
  • Planning and organising
  • Problem solving, Self-management
  • Teamwork
  • Technology 

Together, the workskills and attributes in a CCR activity prepare you for employment in New Zealand and across the globe, give you experience and help you become work ready – with a competitive edge.

Including your printed CCR with your CV shows employers that UC recognises and gives you credit for engaging with the wider UC Community whilst completing your study.

Picture it now –  an interview where you have brilliant answers to every STAR (behavioural-based) question. 

So get involved with CCR to give yourself a competitive edge. Click here for more information about CCR>

Understanding Ramadan: 15 May – 14 June

Ramadan is an important festival for the Muslim faith, and this year will go from the 15 May until the 14 June. Wasim Khan, a doctoral student at UC and member of the UC Muslim Student Association, explains what Ramadan means for UC’s Islamic community.

“Ramadan is a month in which Muslims are obliged to fast as God Almighty says in Quran’s chapter 2, verse 183, “O you who believe! Fasting is prescribed upon you as it was ordained to those before you, so that you learn self-restraint.

Ramadan is also the month of the revelation of Holy Quran. Fasting is the fourth pillar of Islam, among the five pillars. Fasting means no eating, drinking, husband-wife relationship, or immoral activities (lies, cheating etc)  from dawn till sunset. These are the basis of why we Muslims fast and what makes Ramadan important.

Next is the role of fasting in personal lives and society. The main aim of fasting is to train ourselves how to abstain from what God Almighty has ordered us to stay away. It is a practice for spiritual elevation and having more control on our desires as we are the best judge for ourselves since no one knows whether we are fasting or not.

From society’s perspective, Ramadan is a month of giving and taking special care of poor people around us. Paying Zakat (alms-giving), which is one of the five pillars of Islam, is encouraged in Ramadan. Spending a lot for charity is also encouraged in Ramadan. So overall Ramadan is a month (a) to be a better person, (b) more self conscious with spiritual elevation, (c) controlling desires and bad habits, (d) experiencing how it feels when we are hungry like many of the people around us, (e) equality for rich and poor; (f) lastly it is now common in various countries to practice “intermittent fasting”, so we can understand the health benefits of Fasting based on the scientific research conducted so far.

On campus we arrange five prayers at our Musallah (prayer room) at 37 Creyke Road, and we arrange Iftar (breaking the fast) and dinner for over 100 students. This gives us an opportunity to spend time and pray together for the whole month, which is an exciting experience we share at UC during Ramadan.

Ramadan Kareem!