Innovation is the key to successful business, government, and society, where generating new ideas for improvement is a continuous goal.
Employers have long recognised innovators as highly valued members of their industries. Being able to anticipate the socioeconomic, cultural, environmental, and political factors that lead to an innovative solution is a skill sought after across the world.
Through Innovation studies at UC, students will learn about the development and commercialisation of new ideas, with direct input from local organisations. Students will use real-world examples to identify opportunities for innovation, learn how to recognise the impact their ideas will have, and also have the chance to implement these within an organisation.
- Through UC’s award-winning business experts, students will gain insight to the current global market, the different levels of business, from family-owned to large corporations, and the latest technologies changing the face of the corporate world.
- The flexible programme allows students to combine their Innovation major or minor with courses from a range of other subjects, to gain a competitive edge with expertise in key areas, such as technology, business, education, policy, and society.
- At second and third year, Innovation students complete team consulting projects with real-world organisations to demonstrate their comprehensive knowledge. They also have the opportunity to complete a practical project implementing economic, social, and/or business solutions for an organisation.
- UC is also home to Te Pokapū Rakahinonga | UC Centre for Entrepreneurship which runs the Incubator Programme and Summer Startup Programme – where budding entrepreneurs can join a community of like-minded students and staff, access useful resources, learn how to set up a new business venture, gain experience, or take on an internship.
- Aotearoa New Zealand is ranked as the #1 country for starting a business (World Bank Group Doing Business 2019 Report), and Ōtautahi Christchurch is home to a number of computing technology and innovation industries, with many start-up companies searching for skilled graduates from UC.
This subject is open to all students and no previous study is required. A good standard of oral and written English is important.
Secondary school studies in economics and business studies may be especially useful.
The first-year, 100-level courses required to complete a Bachelor of Commerce with a major in Innovation are:
- ACCT 102 Accounting and Financial Information
- ECON 104 Introduction to Microeconomics (or ECON 199, a STAR course for secondary school students)
- ECON 105 Introduction to Macroeconomics
- INFO 123 Information Systems and Technology
- MGMT 100 Fundamentals of Management
- STAT 101 Statistics 1
- Plus 30 points from 100-level Commerce or any other UC courses
For the complete, three-year Bachelor of Commerce Innovation major degree plan, and minor courses, see the UC Business School | Te Kura Umanga website.
200-level and beyond
Innovation students will develop understanding of global business, politics, and the economic market, learn how to recognise opportunities for innovation, and evaluate whether their solution is possible based on a number of factors.
At third year, major and minor students will also take a two-course capstone experience, working in teams to help real-world organisations identify the implications of focus innovations on stakeholders, society, and sector.
There is also an opportunity within both second and third years to take a practical project-based course implementing an innovative solution for an organisation.
Innovation graduates will be among Aotearoa New Zealand’s leaders for innovative change, and have the opportunity to lead the nation in the future global market. Innovation offers a highly multidisciplinary skillset suitable for a range of industries, particularly in areas of business, technology, entertainment, product production, and government, which are in continuous need for innovative thinkers.
With their key skills in problem solving and generating ideas, graduates of this subject may be suitable as consultants, project managers, risk evaluators, stakeholder managers, product designers, marketers, communicators, and political advisors, among many other occupations.
Find out more about what you can do with a degree from UC.
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