The College is on a progressive pathway of development as it strengthens its academic profile in the tertiary sector together with building its reputation in the wider research community. This pathway has been set through striving to achieve the dreams and aspirations of our Tuupuna and delivered through our 5 year strategic plan. We would like to share with you some achievements that have taken place in 2011 and look forward to the positive events to follow in the New Year.
of College realised with international MBA award
When the College first opened its doors in 2001,
founding fellow - the late Sir Robert Mahuta - envisioned an academic institute
that would "produce a continual stream of leadership to take Maaori people
through to the next century”.
Testament to his vision,
the now renamed Waikato-Tainui College for Research and Development is
achieving that. The College received an
international award in partnership with the University of Waikato for an
innovative MBA programme launched less than 12-months ago.
The Waikato MBA programme at Hopuhopu - offered in
partnership with the University of Waikato - was named winner of the inaugural
MBA Innovation Award, at a gala dinner hosted in October by the London-based
Association of MBAs (AMBA).
incredibly rewarding; an accolade of this nature is a major achievement for the
College and University,” says Dr Sarah-Jane Tiakiwai, Academic Director of the
Waikato-Tainui College for Research and Development.
MBA programme was designed for Maaori leaders and takes a progressive approach
to business education by fostering Maaori values and indigenous ways of doing
business. This award is a credit to the quality of the curriculum and the
calibre of teaching it offers.”
in April 2011, the programme was one of four finalists selected for AMBA’s
innovation award which included MBA programmes offered in Portugal,
France/Singapore and the Netherlands.
we are to advance Maaori business leaders, then it is imperative we build and
develop international relationships. This award is an opportunity to
demonstrate to the global business community the uniqueness of our MBA
programme and we thank all our guest speakers, mentors and key staff within the
College and the University for assisting in the effective delivery of this
programme,” says Dr Tiakiwai.
Waikato MBA programme at Hopuhopu is delivered in a waananga environment and
promotes collaborative learning with guest speakers and mentoring support from
Maaori leaders that are all Waikato MBA Maaori graduates.
For Raukawa Settlement Trust Chair and MBA
participant Chris McKenzie (Ngaati Tukorehe, Ngaati Mahuta), this point of
difference to traditional business learning is essential for Maaori if we are
to succeed on an international scale.
"Iwi are increasingly emerging as significant
economic entities within the communities we share. It is therefore important
that as iwi leaders we increase our range of skills and expertise to ensure we
are making decisions driven by best practise to ensure we are maximising on
behalf of our people the opportunities in the commercial and business arena
Education and building capability is a crucial
challenge for all of our people and I am honoured to be able to lead by example
in working to improve my value and the expertise I can provide to my iwi, to my
whanau and to myself.
In 2010 the College and the University of Waikato
signed a Memorandum of Understanding to commemorate the special relationship
Sir Robert had with the University.
endorses our commitment to develop future Maaori leaders,” says Professor Frank
Scrimgeour, Dean of Waikato Management School.
"It shows that our MBA programme is world class, relevant, and at
the forefront of management thinking."
is one of three international management education accreditation bodies whose
combined accreditations form the prestigious Triple Crown held by a select
group of business schools around the world. Waikato Management School is one of
only three Australasian business schools to have achieved Triple Crown
are currently 23 students enrolled in the two-year programme. Applications to
enrol in the next intake, of the Waikato MBA programme at Hopuhopu, are open until all places are full. For more information visit www.waikatotainui.ac.nz.
past 12 months has been busy for the College, with the launch of the MBA
programme and with the College entering into key research projects within the Waikato rohe, nationally and internationally.
Among these research projects is a partnership with the University of
Otago and Raukura Hauora o Tainui, Te Mana o te Whaanau is located in the
Waikato rohe and is part of an international indigenous collaborative project
being conducted in Australia and Canada.
Mana o te Whaanau is focused on understanding and addressing oral health
concerns of our tamariki in the Waikato rohe.
The project involves working with ngaa Maamaa and their Peepi to
understand and share knowledge of oral hygiene.
We are excited by the opportunity to deliver tangible benefits from the
project for whaanau. As of December, the
project has gone live. If you are an
expectant Mum and interested in this project, please contact us at the College
or Rangi Cooper-Te Koi via email firstname.lastname@example.org
or 07 828 6626 at Raukura Hauora o Tainui.
Upcoming Seminar Series
the Research programme at the College now underway, we will be convening a
series of four seminars over 2012.
Seminars will be based on the strategic goals of Waikato-Tainui as
expressed in Whakatupuranga 2050: Kiingitanga, Tribal Identity and Integrity,
Tribal Success and Tribal Social and Economic Wellbeing.
College invites expressions of interest from any interested Waikato-Tainui
alumni at graduate or post-graduate level.
If you are not already registered as a Waikato-Tainui alumnus, please
register on our website: www.waikatotainui.ac.nz on the College Alumni form.