There has been a fair amount of activity behind the scenes at the nation’s institutes of higher education over the last few months. Here’s a look at what’s been happening at Otago, AUT and Unitec.
Hamiton-based King St has won the University of Waikato account off the incumbent Republik, bringing its long relationship with the University of Auckland to an end. But Republik has balanced the ledger with the addition of Sierra Coffee to its roster. Plus: some new work from Massey, Canterbury and Otago.
To attract South American students (and the unsubsidised fees that come with them), Education New Zealand has arranged for Otago Polytechnic to host a pair of popular Brazilian bloggers for several weeks. Caio Komatsu and Luana Mazotti, both from Sao Paolo, are the founders of the blogs Fail Wars and Puro Veneno, which are said to reach a combined audience of approximately five million people. And the organisers of the campaign believe that the pair’s keyboard-tapping hobby could help to spread Latin American awareness of New Zealand, not only as a tourist destination but also as a great place to study.
Professor Sylvie Chetty, a marketing researcher from Massey University, and Professor Colin Campbell Hunt of Otago University, have won a prestigious award for a 2004 article that challenged existing theories and showed companies export in their own “Kiwi way”.