I would like to take a moment to thank all of the staff who worked so hard to set the University up for success with Orientation Day and opening of the Ernest Rutherford Building last week.
Orientation Day on 16 February was a great success. There was a 29% increase in registrations compared to last year and more than 3,500 people attended – up more than 1,000 on last year. There were more than 2,715 attendees at College sessions – well up on last year’s 1,598. Almost 1,200 students took a campus tour.
The opening of Ernest Rutherford, the centrepiece of the Rutherford Regional Science and Innovation Centre (RRSIC) by the Prime Minister, the Rt Hon Jacinda Ardern, was another highlight in a week of highlights. The opening was attended by more than 300 of the University’s key stakeholders, most of whom were clearly impressed when they toured the building once the formalities were completed.
Staff have worked hard to have the Ernest Rutherford building and the redeveloped Engineering wings ready for teaching in 2018 and I thank staff for completing that significant achievement. With the return of students to campus this week, we are set for a terrific 2018.
Dr Rod Carr
Vice-Chancellor | Tumu Whakarae