Economic hothouse

Sam Butcher Imagination Station

Learn from Aotearoa New Zealand’s fastest growing regional economy. UC students have opportunities to observe and engage with local businesses as they prepare to transform business tomorrow.

A booming economy

The Ōtautahi Christchurch economy is expected to continue growing over the next 20 years, and Waitaha Canterbury is home to high-value sectors such as manufacturing, telecommunications, professional services, agriculture and health (Source: This makes UC a prime destination for developing your business skills and widening your networks, through our courses, internships and industry events.

One way that the UC Business School | Te Kura Umanga contributes to this strong regional growth is by working with the local iwi, Ngāi Tahu. UC Business School supports Ngāi Tahu by educating its future business leaders, and helping to develop intellectual capital and build business capability within the iwi. Our partnership with Ngāi Tahu enables UC postgraduate students to complete internships and projects on current business issues. Students gain invaluable work and cultural experiences, while Ngāi Tahu gains new insights into the latest ideas in business strategy and processes.

Put what you learn into practice

It’s an exciting time to be studying and living in dynamic and vibrant Ōtautahi Christchurch. You’ll be in a creative and energetic environment that supports you to try new ideas and ventures. We encourage you to get involved with business and community activities happening locally, nationally and globally, through our partnerships and industry engagement events. You’ll build your skillset and work experience so you’ll be able to meet the market with courage, determination and resourcefulness.

Sam Butche

Sam Butcher

Bachelor of Commerce
Director, Imagination Station

“I studied Business Economics and Information Systems. A lot of the skills I learnt along the way were really valuable – for example during the core Business Economics paper, we worked with real companies to provide them with financial analyses and feasibility studies. Not only was it relevant experience, we got relevant feedback too.”