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South Africa National Science Foundation CEO visits UC

Dr Molapo Qhobela (Chief Executive Officer of the South Africa National Science Foundation) visited UC this week to discuss possible research collaborations between South African universities and New Zealand. Dr Qhobela has vast experience in the South African university sector and the national research sector, including being Vice-Principal at the University of South Africa, Deputy Director-General at the Department of Science and Technology, and Acting Director-General at the Department of Higher Education and Training.

Dr Molapo Qhobela presented a lecture on Monday this week, hosted by Vice-Chancellor Professor Cheryl de La Rey, entitled “The Role of Science for the Sustainable Development Goals, and Opportunity for Africa – NZ Collaboration”, which was followed by a group discussion on potential synergies between Aotearoa New Zealand and South Africa.

Dr Molapo Qhobela (Chief Executive Officer of the South Africa National Science Foundation) with UC Deputy Vice-Chancellor Ian Wright. 

Discussion points for follow-up included the collaborative use of research infrastructure, exchange programmes for research fellows, greater awareness of researchers and research funders around the impact of research (and how impact is assessed), and potential for both countries to work together to promote internationally a process of indigenous knowledge systems being weaved and connected with Western society science understanding.

Dr Qhobela has regular contact with the Royal Society Te Apārangi and MBIE as part of the Global Research Alliance to undertake international research to better support policy and societal choices around the UN Sustainable Development Goals.

Welcome to Anna Morgan Massage Therapist

Hello,
My name is Anna Morgan and last year I completed my Bachelor of Health Studies specialising in Neuromuscular Therapy. Within this I achieved Diplomas in Clinical and Sports and Therapeutic Massage, and am also a Registered Therapist with Massage New Zealand.
 
My philosophy includes an emphasis on acknowledging and treating the physical, emotional and biochemical aspects and stresses associated to each client, by using numerous techniques learnt at the New Zealand College of Massage in Auckland.
My particular passion within massage therapy involves assisting with chronic pain, and associated conditions including headaches/migraines. Another passion includes treating sport related conditions, a reason why I entered into massage therapy as a career.

If you would like to book a session with me at the University of Canterbury Recreation Centre, follow this link:
Or you can book on the tablet HUB at the Rec Centre
 
Hours: Wednesday/Thursday 2-9pm, Friday 9-5pm.
 
Thank you
Anna
 
– Neuromuscular Therapy
– Sports Massage (pre and post event)
– Trigger Point Therapy
– Myofascial Release
– Deep Tissue
– Relaxation Massage
– Postural Analysis
– Pregnancy Massage
– TMJ Therapy
– Cranial Sacral Therapy

Summer Gym Membership Sale on NOW!

Summer has arrived, so it’s time to offer up our Summer Membership specials again! 

Save around 40% on our three month package deal.  It’s a great time to come the RecCentre, over the summer months, we have less people in the gym and classes, so you’ll be able to pop in, get your workout done, and pop out to enjoy your summer evenings.

What’s the deal? Well, as UC Staff, you’ll get three months RecCentre membership for just $89 (usually $119) and we’ll throw in a free SteerMe personalised programme (valued at $25) to tailor a workout just for you. That’s a $55 saving right there!  We’ve got savings for everyone, so even your friends who aren’t UC staff or students can come along.

The RecCentre membership provides you access to a summer group fitness timetable, weights and cardio, and our new studio spaces – the ZenZone, the FunZone and the StartZone. Almost all of our GF classes are free, with a $3 fee for Spin and our new ZenZone yoga classes. These smaller specialised yoga classes are great value, with a limit of 15 participants and use of yoga props to provide a restorative and relaxing yoga experience. Our GF yoga in the gymnasium remains free to all members.

Want to know more? Look up our website to see what we offer, and if you’re still not sure, why not contact us for a free seven-day guest pass?  You can even bring a friend, just get them to request a seven-day guest pass too.   Our membership specials are valid from now until 30  November 2018, so you’ve got time to try it out a little bit first.

Stay well 
Kat – Sport and Recreation Manager

 

HIT Lab Open Day – Let’s Get Connected!

 

The HIT Lab NZ is holding an Open Day

You’ll have a chance to:
  • communicate with robots
  • run, jump and walk through virtual worlds
  • visit Antarctica without leaving your seat – it’s like you are there
Human Interface Technology Lab is a research lab within the College of Engineering. Human Interface Technology aims to improve interactive technology to meet users’ needs. This tech can enhance countless parts of our lives. Current project topics include: medicine, education and training, entertainment, psychology, arts, and business.
 
We want to explore collaboration options, and show you our innovative projects.
 
  • Can we improve your research?
  • Do you want to get involved?
  • Are you curious?

All are welcome. We look forward to seeing you there.

Wednesday 21 November, 2018
Visit any time between 2.00pm and 7.00pm
Level 2, John Britten Building
69 Creyke Road, Ilam, Christchurch
https://www.hitlabnz.org/

 

Indonesia’s policy response to the Indo-Pacific concept

Speaker:   Dr Dewi Fortuna Anwar

Date:         Thursday 18 October 2018

Time:         5pm for 5:30pm

Venue:      South Arts Lecture Theatre A6

Abstract: Dr Dewi Fortuna Anwar has researched and written widely on Indonesian foreign policy, ASEAN, the Indo-Pacific concept (from an Indonesian perspective) and Indonesian politics. In her talk she will focus on the Indo-Pacific concept and the current state of play with Indonesia and ASEAN.

Speaker bio: Dr Dewi Fortuna Anwar is the Sir Howard Kippenberger Visiting Professor in Strategic Studies for 2018. She is a Research Professor at the Indonesian Institute of Sciences (LIPI) and was the Deputy Chairman for Social Sciences and Humanities from 2001–10. She was Deputy Secretary for Political Affairs from 2010-2015 and from 2015 to 2017 as Deputy for Government Policy Support to the Vice President of the Republic of Indonesia. She is also the Chair of the Institute for Democracy and Human Rights at the Habibie Center, and a member of the Board of Advisors, the Institute for Peace and Democracy, the Bali Democracy Forum. Anwar was a member of the UN Secretary General’s Advisory Board on Disarmament Matters (2008–12), a member of the Weapons of Mass Destruction Commission (WMDC), based in Stockholm, and a member of the International Advisory Board of the Asia-Pacific College of Diplomacy, ANU, Australia.