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NASA internships now open to New Zealand students

Under a new agreement between NASA and the Ministry for Business, Innovation and Employment (MBIE), tertiary students can now apply for internships with the space administration.

Scholarships will be available for up to four successful Aotearoa New Zealand students for NASA’s June 2019 intake, courtesy of the New Zealand Space Agency. Costs associated with the internship including travel, living costs and NASA’s administrative fees will be covered under the scholarship.

The successful students will attend the Ames Centre base for a 10-16 week internship in Silicon Valley. Under the guidance of a NASA mentor, they will also have the opportunity to build a network of contacts both within the space administration, the US and the pool of other international students taking part in the programme. 

This opportunity is for high-achieving Aotearoa 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 Aotearoa New Zealand’s students studying space-related activities and will give our 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 application process is two-phased with candidates first being selected by the New Zealand Space Agency.

Following selection by MBIE, local  finalists will be recommended to NASA who will then choose their overall finalists from the broader pool of 12 other countries.

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

For more, see www.mbie.govt.nz/nasa

First 150th Jubilee planning meeting this Friday

As the 150th Jubilee approaches in 2023 the University has identified that we need to have a co-ordinated strategic plan to realise the best outcomes for this celebration.  Initial discussion has been held with the Chancellor, SMT and representatives of UC Foundation.  A number of staff representatives have been put forward by colleges and service units.

Executive Director Student Services and Communications | Kaihautū Matua Ākonga me te Whakapā Lynn McClelland and I have asked Jo Dowling, Director of Alumni & UC Foundation to Chair the Steering Committee and approved a 0.2 FTE post to support the development of the 150 Jubilee Plan and co-ordination of activities.

  • The first meeting of the Steering Committee is taking place on 31 August 2018, 12:30pm in Okeover Room 101.  Interested staff in addition to the existing representatives are welcome to attend this initial meeting.

The initial timeline is to undertake consultation with various stakeholders within UC and also with the City (ChristchurchNZ, City Council, The Arts Centre for example) and to have developed a Strategic Plan with the key objectives of the Jubilee, a timeline and any resourcing requirements to be confirmed by the end of Q1, 2019.

There will be brief regular reporting to Council and within Intercom on progress.

Dr Rod Carr
Vice-Chancellor | Tumu Whakarae

Lincoln and Canterbury universities sign MOU

The University of Canterbury (UC) has a strong relationship with Lincoln University and a long history of working closely together and I welcome today’s joint announcement of a memorandum of understanding between the two universities designed to deliver benefits to both universities and to New Zealand as a whole.

Since Lincoln College became independent from the University of Canterbury in 1990, Lincoln University can be rightly proud of its academic history and integrity – in the latest QS international rankings it moved ahead of Massey University.

UC has sought to differentiate its focus, be transparent about its intentions in terms of scope, scale and timing, and build capability through collaboration rather than competition. UC’s ambition is to expand the number of students staying in Canterbury and coming to Canterbury, to increase research efforts and academic and technical job opportunities, and to collaborate with institutions already physically present in the region.

Strong, high quality, regional teaching and research is in the national interest, especially building on established complementary capabilities, such as in Science, Engineering and Business. We aim to continue to collaborate with enthusiasm on current and future endeavours with Lincoln University.

I will be forming a working group to collaborate with Lincoln University on furthering this initiative, with the ultimate goal of encouraging more people to study and research in Canterbury, increasing productivity and developing solutions to present and future technological, social and environmental challenges.

In tandem with this increased collaboration, we will continue to work on the new Kia Tōpū programme. Kia Tōpū is the University’s bold vision for an increased focus on research and teaching relevant to the future of food – with the ultimate goal of increasing UC’s contribution to feeding people in a sustainable way. This initiative will add significant value to healthy foods related research and teaching at a time when the future of food and new food sources are becoming increasingly relevant.

To view the joint statement, follow this link>

All staff forum with Prime Minister’s Chief Science Advisor Professor Juliet Gerrard

The Prime Minister’s Chief Science Advisor Professor Juliet Gerrard FRSNZ is visiting UC on Friday 20 July.

You are invited to participate in an All Staff Forum where Professor Gerrard will present and invite questions. The forum will be hosted by Pro-Vice-Chancellor Science | Amorangi Pūtaiao Wendy Lawson.

  • Date:  Friday 20 July
  • Time: 11.30pm – 12.30pm
  • Venue: John Britten 102 Conference Foyer.
  • RSVP: julie.hicks@canterbury.ac.nz by 5pm Friday 13 July.

Professor Gerrard’s experience, expertise and leadership was highly respected during her tenure at UC.

At the time of her appointment Professor Gerrard was the Associate Dean (Research) at the School of Biological Sciences and School of Chemical Sciences, Auckland University. Prime Minister Jacinda Arden said at the time:

“Professor Gerrard has had a distinguished career, specialising in a range of disciplines including biochemical engineering. She was also the past Chair, Royal Society Te Apārangi Marsden Council giving her wide exposure to other science disciplines.”

She also said that she was pleased to appoint the first woman to the role.

The role is intended to provide the Government with high quality scientific advice to support good robust decision making, and plays a vital role in promoting science and technology, explaining its contribution to society and the economy, and promoting the sector to young people as a career opportunity.

Professor Gerrard started her new role on 1 July.