About UC Business School | Te Kura Umanga

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The UC Business School | Te Kura Umanga is in the top one per cent of business schools in the world, evidenced by our accreditations by AACSB International, EQUIS, and AMBA.  Accreditation is the hallmark of excellence in business schools.

We offer an extensive range of undergraduate and postgraduate qualifications that prepare you to be work-ready in a diverse world. Our courses are internationally recognised, underpinned by leading-edge research in a vibrant learning environment. Whether you are considering undergraduate or postgraduate study, the UC Business School | Te Kura Umanga will provide you with qualifications that prepare you for today's business world and beyond.

The UC Business School | Te Kura Umanga is:

  • Committed to teaching and research excellence and enjoys extensive links with leading university business schools around the world.
  • Strongly connected with government and the local and national business community.
  • The alma mater of successful graduates all over the world making notable contributions to business, government and public service.


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AACSB International: AACSB accreditation places UC in the top five percent of business schools worldwide. AACSB Accreditation Standards are used as the basis to evaluate a business school’s mission, operations, faculty qualifications and contributions, programmes and other critical areas. AACSB accreditation assures students and parents that the business school is providing a top-quality education. It also assures employers that AACSB-accredited business school graduates are ready to perform on day one. UC Business School Enrolment and Completion Figures (PDF, 453KB)

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EFMD Quality Improvement System (EQUIS): EQUIS is the leading international business school accreditation system that accredits and links an elite group of global business schools. An EQUIS accreditation is granted to schools that demonstrate high international standards of quality.

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Association of MBAs: AMBA accredits the University of Canterbury's flagship MBA programme. AMBA is the international impartial authority on postgraduate business education. Its accreditation service is the global standard for all MBA, DBA and MBM programmes. It accredits MBA programmes at 161 schools in 72 countries.

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CFA Institute: UC is a member of the CFAI's University Affiliation Program. The CFA Institute is the global association of investment professionals that sets the standard for professional excellence and administers the industry gold standard CFA charter. The organisation is a champion for ethical behaviour in investment markets and a respected source of knowledge in the global financial community. CFA Insitute has more than 100,000 members in 139 countries and territories, including 100,000 CFA charter holders.

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QS World University Rankings: The University of Canterbury was the first university in New Zealand to receive five-star ranking university status from QS Worldwide University Ranking (2013). UC ranks 231 in the 2018 QS World University rankings and is New Zealand's most research intensive university. For the 2018 QS World University Rankings by Subject, UC featured for the following subjects related to the College of Business and Law:

1. Accounting and Finance (ranked in the Top 150)
2. Law (ranked in the Top 150)
3. Business and Management Studies (ranked in the Top 200)
4. Computer Science and Information Systems (ranked in the Top 200)
5. Economics & Econometrics (ranked in the Top 200)

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Eduniversal rankings: UC received four Palmes of Excellence in the 2016 Eduniversal annual dean's survey and is placed in the top 1000 universities amongst 154 countries. UC's Master of Commerce, MBA and taught master's programmes are ranked in the top master's programmes by the Eduniversal Master's Ranking Office. The ranking is developed by carefully assessing three factors: The reputation of the programme; the career prospects and the salary level of the first employment after graduation; and the satisfaction feedback of the students.

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Times Higher Education rankings: In the Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2019, the University of Canterbury ranks 301-350. In the Times Higher Education Subject Rankings 2019, UC Business School ranks 151-175 for Business and Economics.

Performance Based Research Fund: UC has retained its position as a leading research university according to the latest Tertiary Education Commission Performance Based Research Fund (PBRF) assessment. UC ranks top in New Zealand for our Marketing and Tourism research, and second in New Zealand for Accounting and Finance, Management and Human Resources.

In the Business of Making a Difference – Ko te whakapiki mana tā mātou mahi

We believe that knowledge creation and dissemination enables individuals to make positive changes to communities. In a fast-changing, global environment, we also recognise the need to develop resilient Business graduates with the skills and personal attributes required to drive innovation and sustainable growth within Christchurch, the Canterbury region, Aotearoa New Zealand and beyond.


To provide a learning and research community that is:

  • Internationally relevant, yet distinctively Aotearoa New Zealand
  • Resilient, innovative and experiential
  • Collegial and inclusive
  • Engaged with our community and industry partners
  • Globally aware

We aspire to be:

  • A place of learning for students and staff who want to build a better world
  • Ranked among the highest performing university business schools in Australasia and, for key areas, to be recognised globally for our pre-eminence
  • An integral component of the Canterbury region’s business and community eco-systems
  • Deeply connected with industry and research partners locally and globally
  • Academic freedom, intellectual curiosity and innovation
  • Integrity, ethical practice and sustainable development
  • Diversity in the community of students and staff
  • Biculturalism and the Treaty of Waitangi

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Association of Asia-Pacific Business Schools: AAPBS is an international network of leading business schools from across the Asia-Pacific region. UC Business School has been a member of the association since its inception in 2004. The association provides leadership and representation in order to advance the quality of business and management education throughout the Asia-Pacific region.

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Association of Chartered Certified Accountants: ACCA is the global body for professional accountants with an unrivalled global network of members, students, colleges and approved employers. They offer globally recognised qualifications, support and guidance for students and employers, world-class accountancy expertise to the public and the highest standards of practice and ethical conduct.

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Certified Practising Accountants Australia: CPA Australia is one of the world's largest accounting bodies with a membership of more than 129,000 finance, accounting and business professionals across the globe. Its core services to members include education, training, technical support and advocacy. UC Business School is accredited by CPA Australia. This means that our BCom courses fulfil CPA Australia's undergraduate degree requirements.

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Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand (CA ANZ): is the membership body of choice for over 33,000 accounting and business professionals, working around New Zealand and across the globe.

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European Foundation for Management Development: EFMD is an international not-for-profit membership organisation, with over 860 member organisations from academia, business, public service and consultancy in 84 countries. They offer a unique forum for information, research, networking and debate on innovation and best practice in management development. The University of Canterbury is a member of EFMD.

New Zealand Commerce and Economics Teachers Association: UC Business School is delighted to support the work and initiatives of the New Zealand Commerce and Economics Teachers Association. NZCETA provides a range of services designed to create discussion and thought as well as gathering and exchanging views and ideas about the teaching and learning in commerce and economics. The New Zealand-wide membership includes people from primary and post-primary schools, independent and integrated schools and tertiary institutions.

UC Business School Advisory Board

The UC Business School Advisory Board provides strategic advice and guidance to the Head and senior management of the school. Board members are selected for their experience, knowledge and influence to enable the school to build effective links with the business and professional communities. Members include senior executives from the private and public sectors with national and international links.

  • Troy Sutherland (Chair) General Manager – Southern, Commercial and Agri ANZ Banking Group NZ Ltd
Board members
  • Dieter Adam, Chief Executive Officer, The Manufacturers’ Network
  • Neil Cameron, Managing Director, Harvey Cameron Advertising Ltd
  • Carolyn Gullery, Executive Director Planning, Funding and Decision Support, Canterbury District Health Board 
  • Vanessa MacRae, Marketing Manager, J Ballantyne & Co Ltd
  • Mads Moller, Co-founder and Lead Mentor, xStart
  • Richard Sandford, General Manager – Innovation & Business Growth, Christchurch NZ
  • Dallas Seymour, Development and Capability Consultant, Te Rūnanga o Ngāi  Tahu
  • Richard Webster, Head of Careers Dept, Christchurch Boys’ High School
  • Nicola Woodward, Chief Executive Officer, Aviva
  • Nathan Wylie, Partner, PwC New Zealand
  • Paul Ballantine, Head of School, UC Business School
  • Ross James, Dean of Business, UC Business School
  • Sonia Mazey, Pro-Vice-Chancellor, College of Business and Law
  • Rachel Wright, Operations Director, UC Centre for Entrepreneurship