About UC Business School

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Te Kura Umanga | UC Business School holds the gold standard ‘triple-crown’ of international business school accreditations having achieved EQUISAACSB and AMBA accreditations. Only 1% (fewer than 100) of business schools worldwide hold the ‘triple crown’ which is a recognition of the high performance and quality of research and programmes offered by the UC Business School. Our programmes, research teaching, and facilities have undergone meticulous review by each of the international organisations offering these accreditations.  

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  Te Kura Umanga | UC Business School 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.

Tīpako Magazine 

Read about the many ways our students, alumni and staff seek to make an impact locally and in the world. From new product ideas like bioplastic packaging through to solutions-driven research, our Business School community is tackling critical issues in an era of rapid change.

 Tipako magazine cover 2019


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Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB)

AACSB, founded in 1916, is the longest standing global accrediting body for business schools. It is the hallmark of business education excellence and is only earned by less than 5% 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)

EFMD Quality Improvement System (EQUIS)

EQUIS is one of the leading international system of quality assessment, improvement and accreditation of higher education institutions in management and business administration. EQUIS is managed and run by EFMD and its fundamental objective, linked to the mission of EFMD, is to raise the standard of management education worldwide. EQUIS provides an excellent framework for assessing quality in highly diverse institutional and cultural contexts.


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Association of MBAs (AMBA)

AMBA was founded in 1967 and focuses on the accreditation of graduate programmes. The UC Business School’s MBA programme has held AMBA accreditation since 2002. Accreditation is based on history and development of the institution; facilities and libraries; teaching faculty, teaching standards and research track record; programme administration, career and alumni services; student admission standards, diversity and cohort size; curriculum content, programme mode and duration; and learning outcomes.  


The quality of our programmes is further recognised by accreditation bodies by subject. 


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Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand (CA ANZ)

CA ANZ is the membership body of choice for nearly 100,000 chartered accountants working around New Zealand, in Australia and many other countries, including the world's largest commercial centres such as New York, London, Hong Kong, Singapore and Shanghai. The partnership between CA ANZ and UC traces back for a century, producing many of the country's most influential accountants, auditors and other leaders.

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Certified Practising Accountants Australia (CPA Australia)

CPA Australia is one of the world's largest accounting bodies with a membership of more than 125,000 finance, accounting, auditing and business consulting professional members across the globe. Its core services to members include education, training, technical support and advocacy.

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The Chartered Institute of Management Accountants 

The UC Business School's accountancy programmes are accredited by the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA). Graduates majoring in accounting will have an accelerated route to the CIMA Professional Qualification and the global professional designation of Chartered Global Management Accountant (CGMA).

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Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA)

ACCA has an unrivalled global network of professionally-qualified 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 high standards of practice and ethical conduct.



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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 258 in the current QS World University rankings. For the 2021 QS World University Rankings by Subject, the UC Business School featured for the following subjects:

1. Accounting and Finance (ranked in the Top 200)
2. Business and Management Studies (ranked in the Top 300)
3. Computer Science and Information Systems (ranked in the Top 350)
4. Economics & Econometrics (ranked in the Top 250)

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Eduniversal rankings 

UC received four Palmes of Excellence in the 2021 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 2021, the University of Canterbury ranks 400-500. In the Times Higher Education Subject Rankings 2021, UC Business School ranks 201-250 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 third in New Zealand for Economics, 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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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.

PRME (Principles for Responsible Management Education)

The UC Business School has been a signatory to the UN’s PRME since 2017 and is committed to upholding PRME's guiding Six Principles. The mission of the Principles for Responsible Management Education is to transform business and management education, research and thought leadership globally while promoting awareness about the Sustainable Development Goals, and developing the responsible business leaders of tomorrow. 


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.

  • Nathan Wylie (Chair), Partner, PwC New Zealand
Board members
  • Dieter Adam, Chief Executive Officer, The Manufacturers’ Network
  • Neil Cameron, Managing Director, Harvey Cameron Advertising Ltd
  • Roger Gray, Chief Executive Officer, Lyttelton Port Company
  • Mads Moller, Business Advisor, UC Centre for Entrepreneurship
  • Joanna Norris, Chief Executive Officer, Christchurch NZ
  • Dallas Seymour, Development and Capability Consultant, Te Rūnanga o Ngāi Tahu
  • Chris Broughton, Senior Relationship Manager, ANZ
  • Michael Toothill, Chief Executive Officer, Kilmarnock Enterprises
  • Paul Ballantine, Head of School, UC Business School
  • Russell Wordsworth, Dean of Business, UC Business School
  • Petra Oldfield, Business Advisory Manager, Canterbury Employers' Chamber of Commerce
  • Carl Davidson, Director/Owner, Research First