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 – 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 2020 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.
UC offers a major and a minor in Innovation as part of the Bachelor of Commerce.
For the Innovation minor in the Bachelor of Commerce, Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Science, Bachelor of Sport Coaching, or Bachelor of Youth and Community Leadership, you will need to take these courses throughout your chosen degree:
You can choose to take MGMT 100 for entry into MGMT 223, and ACCT 102 for entry into MGMT 342.
- INOV 200 Opportunities: Here, There and Everywhere
- INOV 201 Will it Fly? Feasibility Assessment of New Innovation
- INOV 202 Emerging Technologies or MGMT 223 Innovation Management
- Plus one other INOV course at either 200 or 300-level.
The 300-level course INOV 300 offers minor students a practical project-based experience with a real-world organisation. Other optional INOV courses also provide opportunities to implement 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, iwi development, 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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