Monday, April 22, 2024

UC backs new Christchurch economic strategy

University of Canterbury (UC) is partnering with ChristchurchNZ on its new Christchurch Economic Ambition to shape a brighter and more sustainable future for Ōtautahi Christchurch and Waitaha Canterbury.

The economic strategy’s 10-year priorities outlines a roadmap for collaborative action between the University and ChristchurchNZ and reflects areas where the University can make significant contributions.

“As the second largest employer in Christchurch, and the leading source of future-focused graduates for Ōtautahi Christchurch and Waitaha Canterbury, UC plays a vital role in driving economic growth within the region,” says Assistant Vice-Chancellor Engagement, Brett Berquist.

“Through research, innovation, and community engagement initiatives, UC supports local businesses, fosters innovation, and creates new opportunities for economic advancement.”

Mr Berquist said UC aligns with many of the priority areas identified in the ambition, including connecting students with real-world experiences; fostering meaningful relationships with businesses, sectors, and industries; equipping graduates with the latest knowledge and skills; and increasing opportunities for all communities by attracting diverse student populations. UC’s Business School and Centre for Entrepreneurship (UCE) plays a pivotal role in supporting business startups and ventures.

“Together with ChristchurchNZ, we are pleased to embark on this journey towards a brighter future for our region,” he said.

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