University of Canterbury

New Zealand’s second oldest university, the University of Canterbury (UC) has an international reputation for academic excellence in both teaching and research. Founded in 1873, UC is a prestigious institution ranked in the world’s top 250 universities. Its undergraduate degrees and postgraduate programmes aim to foster intellectual independence, critical thinking, and professional excellence in every field. UC was the first university in New Zealand to receive a five-star rating from QS for its excellent research and teaching methods.

UC is a full research and teaching university that offers over 190 different programmes at the foundation, undergraduate, postgraduate and doctoral level. UC embraces diversity and has thousands of international students from over 100 countries on campus. UC operates field stations in Cass, Kawatiri Westport, Harihari, the sub-Antarctic Snares Islands, and Antarctica; and Aotearoa New Zealand’s premier astronomical research facility at Ōtehīwai Mount John, Takapō Tekapo, famous for its clear southern skies. These facilities mean that UC offers research opportunities in the field that no other New Zealand university can match.

The university consists of five individual colleges: Arts, Business and Law, Education, Health and Human Development, Engineering, and Science.

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After winning the right to vote in 1893, New Zealand’s suffragists kept up the battle, but the unity found in rallying around the major cause had receded. Jim Henderson/Wikimedia Commons

NZ was first to grant women the vote in 1893, but then took 26 years to let them stand for parliament

New Zealand was the first nation to grant women the vote in 1893, but during the pre-war years enduring prejudice against women in politics outweighed any support for women to stand for parliament
Establishing relationships with people who are different from ourselves is one of the best approaches to reducing prejudice. (AAP/Jono Searle

Everyday racism fuels prejudice and hate. But we can challenge it

New Zealand's response to the Christchurch terror attacks reinforced an image of an inclusive society, but we still have work to do.
Lake Taupo, in the North Island of New Zealand, is a globally significant caldera of a supervolcano that formed following a massive eruption more than 20,000 years ago. from www.shutterstock.com

Explosive lies: how volcanoes can lie about their age, and what it means for us

New research shows that carbon dioxide in groundwater can affect the aging of volcanic eruptions. The findings could help predict future eruptions.
A memorial by sculptor Margriet Windhausen depicts the life-size figures of Kate Sheppard and other leaders of the Aotearoa New Zealand suffrage movement. Bernard Spragg/Wikimedia Commons

Why New Zealand was the first country where women won the right to vote

125 years ago today women in New Zealand were the first to win the right to vote. Why did this global first happen in a small and isolated corner of the South Pacific?
New Zealand researchers have found that the active ingredients in commonly-used weed killers like Round-up and Kamba can cause bacteria to become less susceptible to antibiotics. from www.shutterstock.com

New research suggests common herbicides are linked to antibiotic resistance

Improper use of antibiotics is one reason for the rise in antibiotic resistance, but new research shows that ingredients in common weed killers can also cause bacteria to become less susceptible.
Robots are currently used by police for bomb disposal. Future versions will be much more sophisticated. Nigel Roddis/AAP

Three ways robots can save lives in war

Robots are a twin-edged sword. Used badly, they may one day perpetrate genocide and war crimes. Used well, they can prevent them.

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