21 Day International Challenge to change the world

30 March 2015 A new UC initiative will see UC students work with New Zealand business leaders to change the lives of struggling communities in Nepal, Morocco and Brazil. (read article)

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Commerce at UC

Commerce at UC

Marliese Liyanage describes what she loves about studying towards a commerce degree at University of Canterbury.

Commerce at UC

Open Door Student Advice Sessions

Whether you're a new or returning student, now is the time to talk to our student advisors, Malcolm and Ben, about your course options and degree planning for 2015.

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Discover UC

Discover UC

Watch a short video clip to hear UC commerce and law student Claire talk about her UC experience.

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More Business

Hear Althea talk about the Entre entrepreneurship scheme and how it provides UC students the opportunity to get practical experience in business while they study.

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Thinking about Professional Development?

Enhance your leadership capability and business acumen. UC Executive Development Programmes offer fulltime and part-time study options to suit your work commitments and career goals.

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Broaden your horizons
Study Commerce at UC

A Commerce degree from the University of Canterbury will broaden your experience, knowledge and future job opportunities.

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Start planning your postgraduate study

Complement your undergraduate degree with a School of Business and Economics postgraduate qualification.

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Advance your knowledge and skills with a Masters degree

The Masters in Commerce (MCom) is now offered as a 180 points degree that can be completed in 12 months full-time study, depending on your specialist area.

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Test your business ideas with the help of mentors and business connections

Entré is a student-run company at the University of Canterbury, inspiring students to aspire to excel in the business world.

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School of Business and Economics earns prestigous AACSB Business Accreditation

AACSB Accreditation is the hallmark of excellence in business education, placing the School in the top five percent of the world's business programmes.

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‘Commerce is a very versatile degree and can work well in many industries and in life…’

Eleanor Grimshaw Studying towards a BCom in HR Management and a BSc in Psychology
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Announcements and Events

Christopher Luxon and Innovative Leadership

Executive Development Programmes are proud to present UC alumni Christopher Luxon – leader, innovator and CEO of Air New Zealand. Christopher holds a Master of Commerce in Business Administration from UC. He will share his experiences and provide a personal perspective on what it takes to be an exceptional leader (read more)

YES - Top of the South - Dragons Den Workshop

Associate Professor Sussie Morrish will present a workshop in marketing, HR and preparation for YES - Top of the South - Dragons Den from 3-5pm on Thursday 23 April, 2015. The workshop will be held at Nelson College. To register, email bsec@canterbury.ac.nz by 17 April. (read more)

21 Day International Challenge

You've seen The Amazing Race, Survivor and Masterchef. This is a competition like no other!

This event brings teams of UC students together with NZ industry leaders to work together in solving local community issues in Morocco, Nepal and Brazil. Students will work together to research, analyse, consult, create and identify solutions. They will develop a business plan for the selected solution and have the chance to win an all-expenses-paid trip with Linda Cruse (expert, frontline humanitarian aid worker) to visit the community and help implement their solution. Students can apply to compete. Applications close 7 April 2015 (read more)

What if... All women everywhere were treated the same as men?

Man has been the dominant sex forever. But for the first time in human history, things are changing. Women live longer than men; for every two men who get a University degree, three women will do the same. Women have entered every profession as well as running countries such as New Zealand. In the first What if… lecture for 2015, Associate Professor Annick Masselot argued that despite the success of some women, equality is still a very relevant concept for both women and men, in all parts of the world. Annick explored the complex concept of equality, which allows equal treatment as well as special treatment to accommodate for past discrimination and existing structural inequalities (see the lecture)

Saving for Super

A University of Canterbury research project is exploring decisions people make regarding their KiwiSaver superannuation scheme, in what is arguably the most important financial decision of their lives. Dr Kuntal Das, a Canterbury economics and finance lecturer, and Dr Christina Atanasova, a visiting Erskine Fellow from Simon Fraser University in Canada, are analysing the asset allocation decisions being made by people who invest in KiwiSaver. The Erskine fellowship programme was established in 1963 following a generous bequest by distinguished former student John Erskine (read more)

Honorary doctorates to be awarded

A policewoman and a chief executive will be awarded honorary doctorates at the University of Canterbury graduation ceremonies in April. Superintendent Sandra Manderson, a graduate of the University of Canterbury, will be awarded a Doctor of Laws. She was the first female District Commander to be appointed in New Zealand and served as Canterbury District Commander from 2002-2007. Arguably one of New Zealand’s most influential business leaders of his generation, chief executive of clothing manufacturer Icebreaker and former Air New Zealand chief executive Rob Fyfe will be awarded a Doctor of Commerce (read more)

CFA Institute University Recognition Program

The University of Canterbury Bachelor of Commerce major in Finance has been accepted into the CFA Institute University Recognition Program. This status is granted to institutions whose degree programmes incorporate at least 70 percent of the CFA Program Candidate Body of Knowledge (CBOK), which provide students with a solid grounding in the CBOK and positions them well to sit for the CFA exams.