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World-recognised teaching

02 August 2023

UC is a globally-recognised university with a 5-Star QS ranking for our internationally renowned teaching and research. Learn about our extraordinary staff and see how we stack up against other universities around the world. 


Research led teaching

Academic staff at UC are always pushing the boundaries by asking "What if?". They put inquiry and discovery at the centre of the educational process as all UC teaching programmes are research-based.

UC's academic staff includes business, government, and community leaders who are at the forefront of knowledge in their fields. They are actively involved in research and publishing in their areas of expertise. 


Outstanding international academics

UC has a number of field leading academics on staff and this is enhanced by a number of outstanding international professors, lecturers, and researchers who visit each year on our staff exchange programmes. You may be taught by academic staff from the Universities of Oxford or Cambridge as well as other top universities.


Personal engagement

UC academics are committed to giving students the individual attention that nurtures their ideas and pushes them to excel. As a UC student you will do more than just wrestle with big ideas – you will bring them to life by embracing a practical approach to education. 


A history of academic excellence

Te Whare Wānanga o Waitaha | University of Canterbury was established in 1873 and is Aotearoa New Zealand’s second oldest university. Since its establishment, UC has produced graduates who have gone on to become world leaders in their fields. UC is committed to continuing this tradition of excellence and to developing tomorrow’s leaders. You will find our graduates in top jobs and graduate schools the world over.

Recognising teacher quality

UC Teaching Awards and the UC Teaching medal recognise significant achievement and excellence in teaching, and are a sought-after honour. The UC Teaching Medal is our highest award.

UC also encourages its staff to extend their teaching practices with support provided by Academic Development.

Associate Professor Ekant Veer was the winner of the 2017 UC Teaching Medal. Here he presents a UC Connect Lecture.

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