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Engineering students! Here’s how you can spend your summer in the Pacific…

Are you interested in Biomedical Engineering? Would you like to combine your engineering skills with making a difference in a developing country this summer for ten weeks? 

Applications are now open to be one of the students selected to participate in this important work (counts as practical or professional work).

In a unique partnership between UC, Fisher & Paykel Healthcare and non-profit Take My Hands, we are sending six Mechanical or Mechatronics Engineering students (any professional year) to improve healthcare and the well-being of people in the Pacific Islands. This is intended to be the first year of an annual opportunity.

These are paid internships hosted by Fisher & Paykel Healthcare and will have a research project focus. To learn more about this opportunity, please go to our webpage>

To apply for one of the five remaining slots, please answer the questions below in essay format (max 2 pages) and attach the requested information:

  1. Having reviewed the webpage above, why are you interested in this internship opportunity?
  2. What hands-on experience, global experience, background, and/or skills do you have that would help you succeed as an intern in the Pacific Islands?
  3. If selected, are you able to commit to the workshop training and the full time period of the internship (2 weeks of intensive training at UC in mid-November, first 3 weeks of December in the Pacific Islands, 2 weeks holiday—with option to travel home at your expense, then 5 weeks in the Pacific Islands until the week before classes begin again)?
    If you’re not able to commit to the entire period, what are your restrictions?
  4. This internship is only open to 1st thru 3rd Pro students in Mechanical or Mechatronics Engineering who have a demonstrated interest and commitment to Biomedical Engineering. Both 1st and 2nd Pro students will be required to declare the Minor in Biomedical Engineering (when available in early 2020) and complete all the courses for it (Mechatronics students must commit to attend in person the 2nd Pro course in biomedical design on top of their regular course load). Are you willing to make this commitment?
  5. Send your CV, unofficial transcript, and letter of interest answering the questions above to by 5pm 20 September 2019.

Selections will be made by 4 October 2019 by a panel made up of faculty, staff, two UC BIOMED executive members, and our partners (i.e. Fisher&Paykel and Take My Hands). 

The UC BIOMED club has a new shipping container workshop and headquarters at 24 Kirkwood Avenue that will serve as our campus training facility, and we’ll be painting it with mural designs over the next couple of weeks.

A workshop training schedule will be posted shortly. This training is open to all, even those not interested in going to the Pacific Islands.

In addition to your application materials, we will be looking for demonstrated enthusiasm based on participation in club activities and training workshops.

Apply today for Christchurch Youth Diversity Forum

UNESCO have partnered with the Human Rights Commission and Ngāi Tahu for the Christchurch Youth Diversity Forum, taking place in early October.

The Forum will be an opportunity for young people to come together and discuss ways to promote diversity, inclusion and peace building.

Recommendations raised during the forum will be shared in a global UNESCO meeting in late October. The meeting, held in Paris, will consider world responses to March 15 and similar global tragedies that have occurred this year.

Are you interested in being part of the discussion?

Young leaders from across Aotearoa New Zealand will be in attendance at the Christchurch Forum and you could be one of them.

To attend the Christchurch Youth Diversity Forum, please complete this application form and send it to

But get in quick, applications close Monday 2 September!

  • When: 4-6 October
  • Where: Tuahiwi Marae

VC to present 2019 UC Sustainability Awards

We’re excited to welcome UC Vice Chancellor | Tumu Whakarae Professor Cheryl de la Rey to present this year’s UC Sustainability Awards!

We’ve also extended the deadline for nominations until Monday 9 September – so get your nominations in quick! There are awards for individuals and teams across 6 categories.

What are the UC Sustainability Awards?

The Sustainability Awards are all about the recognition and celebration of all things sustainability – both on and off campus. This is a great chance to acknowledge the hard work, innovation and imagination of many of our students and staff who are working hard to make our world a better (and greener) place.

Maybe it’s a sustainable student-led project, academic or post-graduate research, or a green department, team or a staff project? An eco-warrior changing the world?

Get nominating!

Tell us all about them (or yourself) by finding the nomination form and all the info you need here. Nominations are open from now until Monday 9 September with the awards ceremony to be held on Wednesday 2 October in Te Moana Nui a Kiwa, Rehua.

For a recap on the previous UC Sustainability Awards, have a read of this blog here, or check out our Sustainability Champions for some more inspiration.

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