Category Archives: Competition

UC student wins 2nd place in the national Japanese speech contest!

Huge congratulations to Gabrielle Gibb-Faumuina  (JAPA326, Advancing Japanese), who came 2nd place in the 2018 JSANZ Tertiary Japanese Language Speech Contest.

This is a very competitive national contest, participated by the representatives from the eight tertiary institutions offering Japanese programme, with the first prize including a return air ticket to Japan.

Clarke Williams and Gabrielle represented UC this year after a rigorous selection process within the Japanese programme, and Gabrielle has been invited to a prize giving to be held at the University of Auckland later this month.

Gabrielle’s achievement continues to highlight the strengths of UC’s Japanese programme, which has been nurtured by the development of a learning community in which students are motivated and encouraged to use Japanese within and beyond classrooms.

UC students can now apply for NASA Internships

UC students can now apply for NASA Internships under a new agreement between the space administration and the Ministry for Business, Innovation and Employment (MBIE).

New Zealand Space Agency will be offering scholarships for up to four successful New Zealand students for NASA’s June 2019 intake.  The successful students getting a scholarship will attend the Ames centre base for a 10-16 week internship in Silicon Valley.

Students will also have the opportunity to build a network of contacts both within NASA and with US and international students taking part in the programme. Students will have an opportunity under the guidance of a NASA mentor.

This opportunity is open to all high-achieving New Zealand students to work with experts in space-related fields and have access to some of the world’s most advanced research facilities.

The scholarship aims to support New Zealand’s students studying space-related activities and will give New Zealand’s future innovators, entrepreneurs and scientists a head-start in their careers by enabling them to develop technical skills at a world-leading space agency.  The internship will give students access to international professional networks and develop their understanding of the global space economy. 

The scholarships will cover costs associated with the internship including travel, living costs and NASA’s administrative fees

The application process is two-phased. Candidates must first be selected by the New Zealand Space Agency. Following selection by MBIE, New Zealand finalists will be recommended to NASA.  NASA will then choose their finalists from the broader pool of 12 other countries.

Applications will be open from mid-September and close in mid-October. 

Students applying have to meet various requirements.

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Team Pac-Man represent UC at @MYOB IT Challenge final

Team Pac-Man will be representing University of Canterbury | Te Whare Wānanga o Waiata at this year’s @MYOB IT Challenge.

The team will be going head-to-head with teams from Victoria University Wellington, University of Auckland and Auckland University of Technology in a national final in Auckland this week.

The top teams from University of Canterbury | Te Whare Wānanga o Waiata, Victoria University Wellington, University of Auckland, and Auckland University of Technology will compete for a share in a $5,000 prize pool.

Over 50 students registered for the University of Canterbury local competition last week which saw the teams present to a panel of expert judges from MYOB.

Winning team, Pac-Man, presented their solution, a 360-degree view of key business data, while the runners-up, Buzzie, developed a business advisory tool aimed specifically at bars.

The MYOB IT Challenge is an annual competition designed to give tertiary students real-life experience of working in a team environment while growing New Zealand’s tech talent pipeline.

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