February, 2015
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New Vice-Chancellor welcomed 

Professor Neil Quigley has become the fifth Vice-Chancellor at the University of Waikato. Read more...

Where does she find the time?

Komal Mistry is a bit of a superwoman, balancing a demanding career in finance with New Zealand's largest FMCG company and finding the time to volunteer at a children's hospital. Read more...

Standing tall in Samoa

Jason Hisatake is well-known in his community for his views on the need for citizens to band together to address issues of gender-based violence in Samoa. Read more...

On stage at Te Matatini 

University staff will compete in this year's Te Matatini kapa haka festival - the largest festival of its kind in New Zealand. Senior tikanga lecturer Te Kahautu Maxwell (pictured) will be one of them, and he'll take the stage for his 30th year performing with his group, Ōpōtiki Mai Tawhiti. Read more...

Connect with Katie in Sydney

Alumna Katie Hudders (pictured with her husband, Mark) is the University of Waikato's alumni representative in Sydney and she's keen to expand the network of alumni in the area. Read more...

Getting to know: Ai-lada Chotechuang

Welcome to a new series where we put the hard questions to alumni to get to know them better. First up is our alumni representative in Bangkok, Ai-lada Chotechuang - pictured here enjoying New Year's eve celebrations in Bangkok's city centre. Read more...

News around campus

New student Rewiri Waaka (middle) is reunited with Chancellor Jim Bolger after first meeting him as an eight-week old baby at parliament. 
Māori and Pacific Development: Rewiri Waaka, who begins his BA in the Te Tohu Paetahi total immersion programme, was reunited with Chancellor Jim Bolger 20 years after meeting him as an eight-week-old baby on the steps of parliament.  

Arts and Social Sciences: Screen and Media's Professor Dan Fleming is working on a TV drama series about Heinrich Himmler with famed New Zealand film director Vincent Ward. 

Computing and Mathematical Sciences: A $33,000 Education New Zealand grant has been awarded to the University's STRATUS (Security Technologies Returning Accountability, Transparency and User-centric Services in the Cloud) project to help boost New Zealand's cyber security industry. 

Education: Sport and Leisure Studies senior lecturer Mike Brown recently completed a 20-day Atlantic crossing by yacht and has co-edited a book on the sea that has just been published. 

Science and Engineering: Science graduate Peter Longdill is in the Middle East as an Environmental and Sustainability Manager, part of a government steering committee for the new port project in Qatar. 

Law: A new report by leading natural resources legal expert, Professor Barry Barton, aims to clear up issues around the ownership of minerals found in geothermal fluids. 

Management: Management Communication professor Debashish Munshi, alongside FASS' Professor Priya Kurian, have been awarded a prestigious Rockefeller Grant to host a major international symposium in Italy. 

Quick links

Enrol now for postgraduate study
If you're looking to fast track your career, change direction or improve your employability, our postgraduate coursework can help you achieve your goals and make you stand out in the workplace. 

Campus Fun Run and Walk Series, 16 February - 30 March
Join us on campus for a scenic 5km run or walk. Entry is $6 and includes a free glass of tap beer, wine, or juice and spot prizes. 

Corporate and Executive Education Alumni event, 13 March
Join fellow CEE alumni for a dinner to hear from entrepreneur Claudia Batten.

Balloons over Waikato ASB Nightglow, 28 March
The University is proud to once again partner with this iconic event where balloons gather from around the world for the annual nightglow on the University's fields. 

Research Institute Scholarships open for 2015
Six doctoral scholarships, worth up to $85,000, are on offer across the University's Research Institutes. To find out more and to apply, click here

Alumni benefits
Alumni can receive a 10% discount when signing up online to a 2degrees Carryover or Share Everything plan. If you're travelling and need to hire a car, Budget and Thrifty have preferential rates for alumni. 

Stay in touch
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