Purpose, vision and values

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