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PM launches new governance qualification

A new postgraduate qualification, targeted at directors of New Zealand companies, was officially launched at the University of Waikato by Prime Minister John Key. 

The Governance and Leadership Programme is a nationwide first and is being driven by the University in response to the demand from New Zealand businesses to better understand the role governance plays in the success of an organisation. 

Highlighting recent events, Mr Key said all too often businesses blame market forces or the government for their financial failure. "But all too often poor governance is to blame for a business falling over." 

Mr Key was also delighted by the University's initiative. "Waikato University produces world-class graduates who are making an enormous contribution all over New Zealand. Waikato is absolutely doing the right thing and I wish them all the best." Read more



Staff and Alumni named in New Year's Honours

The University of Waikato is extremely proud to congratulate a number of staff and alumni who featured in the 2013 New Year Honours List. 

Professor Linda Tuhiwai Smith (pictured), Pro Vice-Chancellor Maori and Dean of the School of Maori and Pacific Development, and Emeritus Professor Ian Pool have both been named Companions of the New Zealand Order of Merit. 

Double sculler gold medallists Nathan Cohen and Joseph Sullivan, who both studied at Waikato, were named Members of the New Zealand Order of Merit for their services to rowing. 

Other alumni honoured were Nicholas Rogers, QSO, for services as a land damage assessor; Catherine Williams, QSM, for services as a geotechnical engineer and Foundation Trustee Jon Tanner, QSM, was recognised for his services to hockey.



University supports Te Matatini

The University of Waikato made its presence felt both on and off stage at Te Matatini, the national kapa haka championships held in Rotorua. 

Pictured: alumna and senior lecturer in law, Linda Te Aho, performing in Te Matatini's finals. © Te Matatini Society Incorporated. 

The University is a strategic partner of the competition and several staff members and students performed in the more than 40 teams vying for the title. 

"The level of dedication and excellence that is displayed by many of our staff and students at Te Matatini are standards that we encourage across the university," says Vice-Chancellor Professor Roy Crawford. Click here to view photos of the event.



University Medal for Friend and Philanthropist

A man who left school at 12 and who has helped generations of young people make the most of their opportunities has been awarded a University of Waikato Medal. 

Bill Flower left school during the 1930's Depression as his parents couldn't afford to send him to boarding school in his native Australia. 

Since then, his adventurous spirit has seen him join the Royal New Zealand Air Force, transfer to the RAF in England and fly Halifax bombers during WWII. While in England, he was stationed near Oxford, allowing him to study several economics papers at Oxford University, which fostered a lifelong interest in education. Read more



Alumnus tracking poor communities in Phnom Penh

Raglan resident and semi-retired Senior Geographical Information Systems (GIS) Analyst, Darryl Gillgren, has recently embarked on a life-changing volunteer experience in Cambodia where he will use his professional skills to assist urban communities who are at risk of eviction. 

Darryl has started a 12-month placement with Engineers Without Borders (EWB) Australia in Phnom Penh, where he will work as a Data Management and Database Officer for a local Cambodian organisation, working with the urban poor communities (slums) to advocate and provide technical support in land rights. Read more



Alumna wins Fulbright Travel Award

Megan Grainger, a University of Waikato PhD student, has been awarded an exclusive Fulbright Travel Award to present her Masters research at the University of Montana. 

"My Masters research is on the discrimination and categorization of automotive glass by laser ablation. This will be of particular interest to a US audience and it's work that can be carried out on automotive glass in America," says Megan.

Megan has received numerous scholarships and awards to further her doctoral study and to travel to the US, including the Shirtcliffe Fellowship, which aims to assist students of outstanding ability and character who are graduates of a New Zealand university, in the continuation of their doctoral studies. Read more



Hillary Medals for outstanding alumni

Two University of Waikato alumni, Katie de Lange and Santiago Canon Valencia (pictured) are the latest recipients of Sir Edmund Hillary Medals. 

Hillary Medals are awarded to the best graduating Hillary Scholars who have achieved at the highest level academically and in their chosen performing art or sport and have demonstrated exceptional leadership while on the programme. 

Computer Science graduate and sailor Katie is currently in Sydney finishing up a three-month internship with Google before heading to Cambridge University in the UK to take up the prestigious Woolf Fisher Scholarship she was awarded last year. Meanwhile music graduate and cellist Santiago is continuing his studies in his home country of Columbia while working on his international career. Read more



Help us celebrate Waikato Alumni

Do you know of any Waikato graduates who have made outstanding contributions in their careers or communities? Nominations are now open for the 2013 University of Waikato Distinguished Alumni Awards. 

The Distinguished Alumni Awards celebrate and honour graduates who have acheived at all heights of their careers, taking into account excellence in the professional, cultural, creative and voluntary sectors. 

Past awardees include Governor-General Sir Jerry Mateparae, Welsh Rugby Coach Warren Gatland and former Telecom CEO Theresa Gattung. 

For more information and to download a nomination form, click here. Nominations close Friday 26 April.



From the Vice-Chancellor

Professor Roy Crawford

Welcome to this first Alumni and Friends E-Newsletter for 2013. As we move towards celebrating our 50th anniversary in 2014, it is pleasing to see that we continue to have many alumni, staff and University successess to highlight. And this newsletter certainly has a lot to celebrate. Read more 

Annual Appeal Thank you to everyone who has made a donation to the 2012 Annual Appeal. Alumni, friends and staff can support the University of Waikato in a number of ways - find out more here.

Postgraduate studies at Waikato find out more on the University of Waikato's world-class postgraduate studies here. 


International alumni events alumni are invited to join Waikato representatives, Education New Zealand and fellow alumni at combined New Zealand universities alumni events:

Kuching: Saturday 9 March

Kuala Lumpur: Wednesday 13 March

Riyadh: Monday 15 April

Waikato Management School Students' Association networking evening 20 March, 5.30pm. WMS alumni and local businesses are invited to register for this free event aimed at engaging current students with members of the local business community. 

Inaugural Professorial Lectures 2013 This lecture series introduces the University of Waikato's newest professors to the community. Come along to find out what our people are doing, and how their work is having a real impact on the world around us. All lectures are free and open to the public.

Calder & Lawson Gallery 'The Care Factor' brings together ten artists working in photography who demonstrate care, both within their choice of subject matter and in their craft. Runs until 5 April.

Gallagher Academy of Performing Arts The Academy's popular Lunchtime Recital Series is back for 2013. This year will feature renowned artists such as Dame Malvina Major and the New Zealand Chamber Soloists. Recitals are open to the public for a small donation.

Travel the world with a CELTA qualification running 6 - 31 May, CELTA is an internationally recognised programme designed to train you in the skills to teach English as a second language.

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