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The University of Canterbury (Māori: Te Whare Wānanga o Waitaha; postnominal abbreviation Cantuar. or Cant. for Cantuariensis, the Latin name for Canterbury) in Christchurch is New Zealand's second oldest university. Founded in 1873 by professors Charles Cook (Mathematics, St John's College, Cambridge), Alexander Bickerton (Chemistry and Physics, School of Mining, London), and John Macmillan Brown (Balliol College, Oxford), it operates its main campus in the suburb of Ilam. The university offers degrees in Arts, Commerce, Education (physical education), Engineering, Fine Arts, Forestry, Health Sciences, Law, Music, Social Work, Speech and Language Pathology, Science, Sports Coaching and Teaching.

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UC offers a stimulating range of courses, a vibrant campus environment with students from around the globe and a great student lifestyle.

When you come to the University of Canterbury you get to enjoy the very best a university has to offer - a world class learning environment, a vibrant campus and a great student lifestyle that's packed with opportunities.

At Uc we believe in active learning, where you will gain hands-on experience in courses led by academics who are actively engaged in research and who are experts in their field. Our culture also promotes active learning, where our friendly student community allows our students to meet new people and get involved.

Our spacious, picturesque campus is set in the heart of a city that has become a magnet for growth and innovation. Further afield lies a region packed with outdoor adventure, from the mountains to the sea.

And that's not all, UC is a top academic performer that is New Zealand's first university to receive the prestigious QS 5-Star ranking for overall excellence.

Simply put, there's more to experience here at UC than anywhere else.

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There are many types of scholarships available for those starting study in 2015, including Entrance Scholarships, Emerging Leaders, Sports and Dux Scholarships. You can find out more on these scholarship by filling in the form below

As Director of Executive Development Programmes, I am pleased to invite you to explore the many postgraduate options the College of Business and Law at the University of Canterbury (UC) has to offer. UC postgraduates play an important role in developing and supporting organisations that strive to be sustainable, highly successful and market focused.


The global economy has been through a difficult period over the last five years, with signs of full recovery still in the distance. New Zealand is a part of the global market and therefore our country’s future success is reliant on businesses developing innovative and highly efficient goods and services that will deliver strong, sustainable growth for the future.


To achieve this goal, organisations cannot simply continue to do what they have always done with the expectation that it will provide different results. There is a need for organisations and their management to be highly creative and innovative and think strategically about what they are offering to society and how they can maximise the opportunities that afford them without creating negative externalities. This takes leadership, discipline and a strong sense of ethical responsibility. This is in keeping with our mission – to develop leaders who create vibrant, internationally competitive organisations and contribute to the wellbeing of their communities.


With a projected $40 billion being injected into the Canterbury region over the next ten years, organisational growth and development is inevitable. However, what is lacking is the number of skilled managers needed to lead organisations through this unique opportunity presently in front of us. With this in mind it is my pleasure to offer the following postgraduate programmes and courses for those of you who are looking to advance your skills, knowledge and competencies in areas of organisational management. 


Tony Mortensen

Director Executive Development Programmes

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