Alumni & Friends eNews - December 2017
Kia ora

Welcome to the last eNews of the year! In this edition we reflect on 2017 highlighting alumni achievements, graduation celebrations and University developments.

Whether you're searching for that elusive Christmas gift, dusting off the boogie board for an epic Kiwi summer, or simply chilling out - may we, the Waikato Alumni Team, thank you for being part of our Alumni & Friends community. We wish you a safe, happy and prosperous end to 2017 - wherever you are in the world!

Ngā mihi
University of Waikato Alumni Team

A Snapshot: 2017

It's been a big year for the University and our Alumni & Friends community, with far more achievements, events and feel good moments than this eNews could carry. Here's just a snapshot of some of the memorable moments in 2017.

Waikato alumna is Prime Minister of New Zealand

Waikato Management School alumna Jacinda Ardern became New Zealand's Prime Minister in 2017 and the world's youngest female leader. Jacinda spoke with TIME Magazine and Waikato gets a few mentions in their article

2017 Distinguished Alumni Awards

In March, three outstanding alumni were honoured at the prestigious Distinguished Alumni Awards ceremony; Vice-Chancellor and President of the National University of Samoa Professor Asofou So'o, writer Deborah Challinor and Aviva CEO Mark Wilson. Learn about the previous DAA recipients.
The news that Waikato climbed the university rankings again in 2017 had us buzzing and it hasn't worn off! Following on from our QS ranking that placed us in the top 1.1% of universities in the world, we're proud to become third equal in New Zealand in the Times Higher Education university rankings.

New campus a "game changer"

With 2019 fast approaching students will soon have even greater options for tertiary study in the Bay with the development of the Tauranga CBD campus. Last month the Bay of Plenty Regional Council, a major partner in the development, made its first payment of over $1 million towards the infrastructure costs.

Tauranga CBD campus time-lapse video

It's taking shape! Take a sneak peek at the progress on site of our new campus in the heart of Tauranga's CBD. For a virtual tour of the development watch the fly-through video.

Our People

Komal - Young Executive of the Year

Komal Mistry was named the Eagle Technology & IMNZ Young Executive of the Year at the Deloitte Top 200 awards for 2017. The BMS(Hons)/LLB alumna had high praise for Waikato: “I'm very proud to be a Waikato alumna - I really think the Bachelor of Management Studies is a fantastic degree that can lead to so many career opportunities." Read more here.

No 'may' about it

He's a good sort alright. FEDU alumnus Chris May is teaching young boys to be great men with his Ngā Tama Toa  programme at St Columba's Catholic School in Hamilton. Check his One News: Good Sorts video to learn more about the programme.

Like a Diamond

Whangamata's Danielle Diamond is nearing the end of a 10-year study journey with Waikato. She's shining bright in the area of community psychology in Tauranga. Read Danielle's story here.

Research to save lives

With stroke cited as the leading cause of death in China - faster detection is key. The University's Professor of Engineering Dr Yifan Chen is part of an international team developing a portable stroke detection and monitoring scanner. Read more here.
For more University news and stories, have a look at our News & Events page.
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.
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Celebrating our newest alumni

Congratulations to all our December 2017 graduates!

We welcomed over 1000 new graduates to the Waikato Alumni & Friends community this month, spread over five ceremonies. Check out the University of Waikato Facebook page for photo galleries and videos from all our December graduation ceremonies.

Home-town doctorate for Helen Clark

The Rt Hon Helen Clark ONZ, former Prime Minister and former Administrator of the United Nations Development Program and the Chair of the United Nations Development Group, was conferred an honorary doctorate in December. Read more here.

From cruise-boat crooner to doctor

Ash Puriri graduated with a Master of Management Studies four years ago and returned to Te Kohinga Mārama marae last week to graduate with a PhD. Dr Puriri used a kaupapa Māori methodology for his doctorate that has broken new ground in business research. Read more here.

Thinking of further study?

Postgraduate studies with Waikato

Have you ever considered doing postgraduate studies with Waikato? Our alumni tell us why they returned to study in this short video. Use our online course finder or call into an information session to learn about the postgrad options with Waikato. 


We have various scholarships on offer for prospective postgraduate students! You can view the full scholarship listing our online Scholarship Finder.  Our University of Waikato Alumni Scholarship is open for 2018 too!

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