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Matariki Network of Universities

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The Matariki Network of Universities is an international group of leading, like-minded universities, each amongst the most historic in its own country, and recognized as being:

  • a premier place of advanced learning, nationally and internationally
  • research-intensive across a broad subject base
  • focused on providing a high-quality student experience
  • flexible, modern, innovative, comprehensive and globally oriented

Queen's is one of the seven founding members of the Matariki Network of Universities (MNU), whose official launch took place in May 2010. The name "Matariki" is from the Māori language, in which Matariki is the name of the Pleiades star cluster (also known as The Seven Sisters) and signifies Spring and a new beginning.


Members

The founding members of the MNU are:

Queen's participation in the MNU builds on the university's longstanding partnerships and agreements with Uppsala University (1993), the University of Western Australia (1994), and the University of Otago (2002), and more recent collaborations with Durham University (2011) and Tübingen University (2012).


Activities

MNU activities and initiatives at Queen’s include:

Student mobility

  • Queen’s undergraduate and graduate students may study on the campuses of five MNU partner institutions, and students of these institutions may study at Queen’s, due to bilateral exchange agreements that exist with Tübingen, Uppsala and Durham universities, and the Universities of Western Australia and Otago. Please see your Faculty International Office for details.

  • Indigenous Student Mobility Program at Otago: June 27 – July 8, 2016, in Otago

Faculty visits

Many Queen’s faculty members have visited MNU institutions, and many reciprocal visits have taken place. Please visit: International Visitors Program of the Principal’s Development Fund, for program details and information about previously funded visits.

See also:

  • Lecture by Dr. Denise L. Anthony – “Big Data, Cybersecurity and Healthcare”
    Vice Provost for Academic Initiatives, Professor of Sociology, Dartmouth College
    February 6-10, 2017

  • Visit by Helen Nicholson
    Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Division of External Engagement, University of Otago,
    February 25, 2016

  • Visit by Iain Watt
    Pro Vice-Chancellor (International), University of Western Australia
    February 12 – 13, 2015

  • Lecture by Rachel Spronken-Smith - "The PhD – is it out of alignment?”
    Dean of the Graduate Research School and Professor in Higher Education and Geography, the University of Otago,
    Monday, October 20, 2014

Queen’s-hosted Matariki Research Workshops

Benchmarking activities

Many Matariki benchmarking activities (essentially, comparisons of how members are performing in a variety of metrics, both in teaching and research), are underway. Examples include:


Lindsay Morcom, Queen's Faculty of Education and Matariki Collaborator:

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