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Opportunities and advice for making the most of your time at UC, as well as stories featuring students who are excelling in their field.

Two weeks at the Paris School of Business

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Commerce student Hikaru Lim shares his experience on the new Paris School of Business short programme exchange he went on during Mid-year Break.

I have been fortunate and privileged to be one of UC’s first students to participate in Paris School of Business’ (PSB) short study programme for two weeks during our winter break. The programme consisted of a choice of two streams; Luxury Brand Management or Doing Business and Entrepreneurship in Europe. I chose the latter due to my prior interest in Europe and how relevant the course would be for my International Business major.

All classes had a mix of teaching time, discussion and in-class tasks. With a class, full of students from different cultural backgrounds and countries, in-class discussions and interactions were interesting and gave a new perspective to certain ideas and topics that would never be explored or brought up in New Zealand

The course covered, intercultural management, data analysis, digital business, the political and regulatory environment of the EU, strategic management, disruptive business methods, innovation and entrepreneurship, and product development and design. As well as the lectures, there were extracurricular activities such as a welcome breakfast, river boat cruise along the Seine, a French aperitif, cooking classes and incubator visits to La Paillasse (focusing on science and technology startups) and Creatis (focusing on arts and cultural startups).

The course is taught in English and is open to students with a minimum of one year of undergraduate business study or two years of undergraduate study in any field. Knowledge of French language is not a requirement however advantageous for daily activities outside the classroom.

Personally, having studied French at high school and at 200 level at UC to credit towards my International Business major, it was the perfect opportunity to practice my French and experience French culture first hand.

Participating in this short study programme has been an invaluable experience. I learnt about different perspectives in both known and new concepts in both business and culture and got the opportunity to meet and network with new people.

For those interested in participating in the course for the January 2018 intake, contact Rhiannon at to register your interest. There are also details about enroling are on PSB’s website>

UC student selected as summer intern

Ebony-Jean Ta’avili has been selected for the Pacific Cooperation Foundation (PCF) Summer Internship initiative 2017/2018. The initiative is facilitated by PCF and supported by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade (MFAT). Congratulations Ebony-Jean.

Read more about the internship initiative here>

PM’s scholarship to Latin America for two students

Two students have received Prime Minister’s Scholarships for Latin America in the latest round of scholarships announced this week by Tertiary Education, Skills and Employment Minister Paul Goldsmith.

James AddingtonUCSA President James Addington will spend three months this summer in Buenos Aires on an internship in a multi-national company, while Stuart Robinson will spend a year in Colombia completing a Master of International Business.

James has completed a Bachelor of Commerce and will complete a Bachelor of Laws at the end of this year, he sees this as a good opportunity to gain global experience straight out of university.

“I wanted to get overseas next year and get some experience, a friend told me about this and I thought it was a good opportunity to take. It’s an opportunity I think students should be taking advantage of.”

James also sees this as an opportunity to explore a place he hasn’t been before and is keen to immerse himself in the local culture, go hiking and hit the ski slopes if he is still there in the winter months.

Stuart knows more about what to expect as he went to Latin America for a couple of weeks when he was 18 to visit a friend who had been in New Zealand on an exchange.

“It is a beautiful place and very relaxed. It’s an exciting place, with lots happening. The people are very pragmatic – a lot like Kiwis – but a lot more passionate than we are,” says Stuart,

17_08_03_Stuart-Robinson-cropStuart has been studying towards a Bachelor of Engineering (Mechatronics) and says it has been great learning a fast paced area of study.

“UC’s lecturers are fantastic and always happy to talk with you one-on-one. Mechatronics is a quick moving area of study – right on the brink of developments so the teaching is delivering the latest information,” says Stuart.

Stuart spent the first 11 years of his life in England before moving with his family to the Hawkes Bay in New Zealand. He has recently become a New Zealand citizen, but is clearly thinking globally.

“I already have some contacts in Latin America and hope to make more business connections to help support trade between our countries and support the New Zealand and Latin American economies.”

The aim of the scholarship is to strengthen the relationship between New Zealand and Latin America by improving New Zealanders international workforce skills through knowledge of Latin America’s business practice and culture, and strengthen our ability to engage in trade agreements with partners in Latin America. The scholarships also aim to promote the quality of New Zealand’s education system.

Scholarships cover flights, living costs and programme fees as well as medical and travel insurance. The scholarship has two application rounds annually.