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Go global this summer – awesome opportunity

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Go global this summer!

– Apply to be one of 10 lucky students to spend three weeks at Peking University in China

– An exciting opportunity to earn credit towards your degree

– Gain valuable work and international experience

– investigate and propose an innovative solution for Canterbury tourism.

This could be your summer!

The programme will see successful applicants travel to Peking University in China, where you will gain an insight into Chinese society, language and culture.

Peking is not only an elite Chinese university; it has a reputation that extends across the globe. It was recently named the 21st most prestigious global university according to the 2016 Times Higher Education World Reputation Rankings.

2016 is the first time this prestigious opportunity has been offered and it’s made even better by the fact that you will be enrolled in PACE295. When you complete the requirements of this course, you will earn 15 points credit.

There will be an information session about this programme at 5pm on Wednesday, 20 July 2016, A9.

Find out how to register for this and learn more about the Global Awareness Summer Programme

Engaging Pasifika youth with STEM

On Thursday 30 June the first Pacific STEM and Enterprise Fono was held at Christchurch’s Transitional Cathedral. UC student Josiah Tualamali’i – who is also Chairperson of the Pacific Youth Leadership and Transformation Council (PYLAT) – writes about why the event was significant.


Science, Technology, Engineering, and Maths (STEM) are becoming increasingly important in our high-tech economy, and New Zealand’s Pacific people need to be a part of this. Although all of the Pacific Islands have rich histories filled with STEM, as our families have moved to Aotearoa it has become an area that few Pacific people pursue.

Josiah at STEM Fono
Josiah at STEM Fono

Run by the PYLAT Council, this fono (meeting) saw 280 Pacific young people from Christchurch schools, churches, UC and other tertiary institutions, along with parents and Matua, come along and learn about these areas. Funded by the Ministry for Pacific Peoples, the purpose of the evening was to raise awareness of STEM and Enterprise as areas that our Pacific community in Canterbury should aspire to study, work and lead in.

PYLAT is a Christchurch based charity run by 13 Pacific young people, and the board includes a large number UC students and staff members. At PYLAT we have a vision of a world well-informed and influenced by Pacific youth, and that is one of the reasons we took on this project.

Events like the STEM Fono are important to help our community see what opportunities are out there. Within my own family, I am the first person to study at university. I know that since I have started studying my younger brothers now look at university as something they can aspire to. For our community we want to encourage those who love or are interested in STEM and enterprise to press on with it so that we have leaders in these areas to inspire and encourage more of our community to achieve and lead in this area.

STEM and enterprise are areas well suited to Pacific communities as our greatest value is about healthy relationships and community. If we are able to reach into the world of science and technology with the same passion we have for our culture and community, Pasifika – and the New Zealand economy – will be much better for it.

Disappointed with exam results? PDT is here to help!

Getting your results and finding out that you passed everything is an amazing feeling. But we don’t all get to have that feeling every semester. Sometimes life happens – we made a wrong decision at the wrong time; we partied too hard throughout the term; we didn’t understand the content well enough; we prioritised family or friends before our own studies; or perhaps we had financial or personal issues to deal with.

The most important thing to remember is that while these things aren’t great, they are normal! Life happens, and sometimes even the most fool-proof study plan isn’t enough to cope with the outside responsibilities, temptations or issues that come our way. The best thing to do is recognise that life is always going to happen, and we need to minimise the effect it has on our study.

Think back and learn where the major upsets happened. Perhaps putting your parents’ or partner’s needs first was important, but maybe you could have skipped watching the entire season of Game of Thrones three days before the exam. Perhaps going to your friend’s 21st was the right thing to do, but you could have skipped doing the 10th tequila shot…

Start strong in Semester 2

Our Student Advisors Ashalyna, Riki and Mohammad are here to help.
Our Student Advisors Ashalyna, Riki and Mohammad are here to help.

Whatever the case, Semester 2 is a chance for new beginnings – take advantage of that fact from day one! If you weren’t happy with exam results, we strongly encourage you to attend Refresh on Thursday 14 July. This is an opportunity for Pasifika students to reaffirm goals and start Semester 2 with your study on track. We also encourage you to join our PASS programme which offers additional tutoring for priority courses, academic skills workshops and weekly drop-in assignment help at key times of year. If you are a first year student, have you also considered signing up for a Pacific Mentor? If any of these sound like you, get in contact with us today – the sooner you get on top of things in Semester 2, the better.

Here at UC we know that you are a son/daughter, friend, partner or parent and there is more going on in life than just your study.  So, if you ever need an understanding ear, or someone to offer advice or another perspective, please don’t hesitate to approach us. You can drop into the Pacfic Development Team office at 37 Creyke Road, or contact one of our Pacific Advisers.

And remember:

“Failure is so important. We speak about success all the time. It is the ability to resist failure or use failure that often leads to greater success. I’ve met people who don’t want to try for fear of failing.”

J.K. Rowling

“Success is not final, failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts.”

Winston Churchill

“Everything negative – pressure, challenges – is all an opportunity for me to rise.”

Kobe Bryant