University of Canterbury

The University of Canterbury is highly regarded internationally for its research performance and its research-led learning and teaching. The University’s recently launched strategy has one central theme of engagement and three main areas of focus – education, people and research. The University of Canterbury has affirmed its commitment to enabling staff and students to create and contribute knowledge for a better society and encourage an attitude of lifelong learning through flexible degree options, and locally relevant research with a global impact.

The University plays a significant role as a partner in Te Papa Hauora Health Precinct through its strengths in key areas of health research and health professional education. Academics and support staff from the University of Canterbury’s School of Health Sciences are located within the Health Precinct’s flagship building Manawa, in the heart of the precinct. The School of Health Sciences | Te Kura Mātai Hauora is committed to making a significant contribution towards improving health outcomes and making meaningful change in people’s lives locally, nationally, and internationally.

The University offers research-led professional education in Audiology, Clinical Psychology, Medical Physics, Nursing, Social Work and Speech and Language Pathology. Key teaching programmes are also offered in Health Sciences which focus on the Population Health disciplines including Epidemiology, Health Geography, Health Promotion and Education and Māori Health. In addition, other key research areas at the University with strong health components include Biochemistry, Bioengineering, Food Safety, Human Interface Technology and Microbiology. The University of Canterbury is therefore a major hub for teaching, research and innovation in health.

The contribution of the University of Canterbury will encompass postgraduate teaching, research, clinical practice, and professional development across a range of disciplines with specialist undergraduate education and training being added as appropriate. Selected programmes and projects have the potential to gain significant synergies and benefits by co-location in the Health Precinct alongside the largest concentration of health professionals and patients/clients in the South Island.

The collaborative opportunities for staff and students of the University as a Te Papa Hauora Health Precinct partner will enable the University of Canterbury to further enhance its vision of being people prepared to make a difference – tangata tū, tangata ora.


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