Alumni & Friends eNews - June 2017 View this email in your browser
June 2017
Kia ora 

We're excited to share with you news of Waikato's position as one of the top 300 universities in the world. The latest QS World University Rankings place the University of Waikato at 292. Read more about the remarkable climb in the rankings. Thanks for being a part of our success!

This incredible achievement in such a short space of time is in part due to our supporter community, graduate career successes and Waikato alumni employability.

In this eNews, we spotlight our agri-tech developments and involvement at this year’s Agricultural Fieldays. Commitment to areas such as agri-tech enhance Waikato's reputation and support our rise in the university rankings. 

 

Robot revolution at Fieldays

Waikato's award-winning Fieldays site showcased our excellence in research and cutting-edge agricultural technology. Plenty of clever engineering and truly remarkable creations were on display with the automated kiwifruit picker taking centre stage. Robotics designed to streamline work in the horticulture industry exemplify the collaboration between universities and industry. Read about it here.
 

Focus on iconic fruit

Danielle Le Lievre is a NZ Agricultural Fieldays Sir Don Llewellyn Scholarship recipient and has just handed in her Masters thesis.  Her research looked at the development of flavour in kiwifruit. Read more here.
 

Food for thought 

Beth Hampton is wrapping up her BSc at Waikato and is heading to Brussels later in the year for an international Youth Ag-summit “Feeding a hungry planet”. Read about Beth's journey to Brussels here.
Psst... it's getting cold in the southern hemisphere so this month we're giving away a Waikato puffer jacket. Scroll to learn how to enter.
 

Alumni recognised in Queen’s Birthday Honours

A number of exceptional former staff and alumni were named in the 2017 Queen’s Birthday Honours. Professor Timoti Samuel Karetu received a Knighthood for services to Māori language. Emeritus Professor Peggy Koopman-Boyden received a Dame Companion of the New Zealand Order of Merit for services to seniors. For services to the NZ Police and Māori, Pacific and ethnic communities Assistant Commissioner Wallace Haumaha (MBA 2002) was made an Officer of the New Zealand Order of Merit. Read about the recent award recipients here.
We love hearing about our alumni and their successes! Whether it's in the boardroom or on the playing fields, our alumni continue to make a real impact in our communities. Share your stories or let us know of other alumni who are transforming the world here.
 

Get connected with Waikato

Are you interested in expanding your Waikato connections in your city and region? We can help you plan, coordinate and promote local events to provide the opportunity to meet new people, develop contacts and mingle with alumni. Please email Aimee Burness, Alumni Relations Advisor, to get the ball rolling.
Remember to update your details with Waikato to ensure your location is correct in our database and remember to select "Please invite me to events" in our online form.
 

WIN a Waikato puffer jacket!

It's simple, just update your details with Waikato this month and be in the draw to WIN a UoW-branded puffer jacket. No matter where you are in the world, you'll be in with a chance to win. If you have already updated your details in the month of June, you are automatically in the draw.
Update your details & enter the draw to WIN

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We hope you enjoy this Alumni & Friends eNews. 

Best wishes, 
Aimee Burness and the Alumni Team

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