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Save the world from your couch!

Collaborate for change and save the world from your couch: the 2021 Aotearoa Virtual Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) Summit was fully recorded and is now available to watch on YouTube!

Hon. Minister Nanaia Mahuta, Minister of Foreign Affairs, provides an Opening Address at the SDG Summit.

Packed full of inspiring workshops, project showcases and panel discussions, the Summit was focussed on using the SDGs as a tool for collaboratiing for systemic change, with Te Tiriti o Waitangi at the core of our actions.

Choose to catch up on workshops and sessions facilitated by business, community, government and eductation leaders with topics including collaboration in system change, Te Tiriti based climate assemblies, measuring wellbeing,  the future of education, innovation, tertiary institutions’ roles in delivering on the SDGs, conservation, waste minimisation, disaster risk reduction, climate research and more!

Interested? You can view, download, share & enjoy all the 35+ Summit session recordings here.

We had some amazing members of our UC whānau involved too – check out a few UC highlights below:

“Innovation, Entrepreneurship and the Circular Economy” with UCE and William Murrell & Ben Scales –  UC students behind start-up KiwiFibre Innovations

School of Teacher Education: SDGs Research & Writing Group with UC’s Education, Health and Human Development Professors Glynne Mackey, Te Hurinui Karaka-Clarke and Misty Sato

What next?

Incredible outcomes include the launch of the SDG Declaration with signings from the respective Vice Chancellors of the UC and LU — Professors Cheryl de la Rey and Bruce McKenzie — and an outline of their institutional commitment to the SDGs.

You can sign the SDG Declaration too – watch the recording below then follow the link here!

The SDG Alliance was also a major outcome from the Summit – check out the recording of the sesson ” Collaborating for a Better Future – Forming an SDG Alliance for Aotearoa through Collective of Pou Approach” here.

Continue the Aotearoa SDG Journey

The rākau was handed to the University of Waikato as the hosts of the next installment of the Aotearoa SDG Summit – but the mahi does’t end there! Continue to be part of the SDG story in Aotearoa by joining the Aotearoa SDG Alliance, staying in touch via social media, signing up to the SDG newsletter, and telling as many people as you can about the Sustainable Development Goals!

Interested in seeing some other amazing SDG aligned mahi from staff and students at UC? Check out the 2020 UC SDG Update here.

The 2021 SDG Summit was held online on 2 September, themed ‘Collaboration for Systemic Change’ and co-hosted by University of Canterbury and Lincoln University with support from Christchurch City Council and Ara Institute of Canterbury. We thank our partners: ChristchurchNZ Tourism New Zealand New Zealand National Commission (UNESCO) Te Pokai Tara | Universities NZ UC Centre for Entrepreneurship and Seeds Podcast.

Applications Open for UCE Summer Startup Programme

UCE Summer Startup Programme applications are now open!

The UCE Summer Startup Programme is an opportunity for you to fast-track your commercial venture or social enterprise for 10 weeks over the summer period, with a limited number of $6000 (tax-free) scholarships available. You will have the opportunity to take part in many talks, activities, and gain access to mentorship from experienced entrepreneurs.

An information session will be held on Wednesday 25 August at 2 pm and is open to all. If the University is open, this will take place in the UC Centre for Entrepreneurship (UCE) space on Level 6 of the Rehua building. If campus is closed, it will take place on Zoom, so keep an eye out for the link on the UCE website or social media.

To find out more and to register, visit this page.

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UC 3 Minute Thesis Final – Tuesday 10 August

Come join us for the finals of the University of Canterbury 3 Minute Thesis competition on Tuesday 10 August. This year’s competition is proudly brought to you by the Postgraduate Research Office and sponsored by Research First.

This is the culmination of the heats carried out across the campus and we will announce the top three research students who can summarise their entire thesis in only 3 minutes. The top PhD winner will represent UC at the Asia-Pacific finals, and the top Master’s winner will represent UC at the NZ finals. The competition winner receives $5,000. Second place still goes home with $2,000 and third place will receive $1,000.

We will also have some kai, spot prizes and voting for the people’s choice awards, so plenty of reasons to come along, learn about the exciting research happening across campus as well as connect with others from UC and beyond.

Register Here. See you in the Tī Kōuka room.