Students and the Matariki Network

The Matariki Network of Universities at Queen's

Student experience is at the heart of the Matariki Network of Universities’ mission. There are multiple ways in which students, across every discipline at Queen's, can engage with this international network.

The Matariki partners leverage their diverse research experience expertise to develop innovative international educational programming for undergraduate and graduate students alike, offering opportunities to showcase academic research, ponder questions of global citizenship, or explore local, regional, and global Indigeneities.



The participants of the 2019 Matariki Indigenous Student Mobility Program at Queen's University
The participants of the 2018 Global Citizenship Forum at the University of Otago, New Zealand,
Barbara Crow, Dean, Faculty of Arts and Science; Fahim Quadir, Vice Provost and Dean School of Graduate Studies; Graduate students and Queen's Matariki 3MT contestants Amanda Brissenden and Nevena Martinović, and Sandra den Otter, Associate Vice-Principal (International and Research).

The Matariki Indigenous Student Mobility Program is an annual international mobility program specifically designed by and for Indigenous students, faculty and elders. The program is designed to foster academic and personal growth opportunities for students who demonstrate a deep awareness of Indigenous issues and willingness to engage in reflection, dialogue, and debate.

  • 2019: Queen's University

    • Matariki Network partners gathered at Queen's for the most recent Indigenous Student Mobility Program, on the territories of the Anishinabek and Haudenosaunee peoples, covering the theme 'Learning, Language and Land'.

    • Participants from over 30 traditional nations and five universities gathered for the program.

    • The program included a traditional welcoming ceremony in Tydendinaga, time spent on the land at Elbow Lake, and visits to Ottawa and Curve Lake.

    • Read about the 2019 edition.

  • 2018: Dartmouth College

  • 2017: University of Western Australia

  • 2016: University of Otago

The Matariki Global Citizenship Programme serves as an umbrella for a variety of multi-institutional activities in education, research and engagement, and aims to involve people and activities both inside and outside the university. (i.e. the Global Citizenship Forum)

The MNU aims for universities to critically explore their own implications, problems and potentials within the issues global citizenship encompasses. The overarching ethos of the Programme is expressed through three Programme Strands: Empowering Learners, Community Engagement, and Creating Spaces for Dialogue.

Bader College LogoIn 2021, Bader College, worked with Common Purpose and the Matariki Network to integrate a Global Citizenship module directly into their interdisciplinary flagship courses – BISC 100: Thinking Locally and BISC 101: Acting Globally. Building on the Castle’s strengths, this module was designed to help students to develop the skills and knowledge to advance the SDGs in a globalised environment with confidence, intelligence, and ambition. Queen's students interacted with diverse networks of students across the MNU through the lens of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) while earning a Global Citizenship micro-credential in recognition of their skill development. 

The School of Graduate Studies in partnership with the Office of the Vice-Provost, International, coordinate the Matariki PhD Research Mobility Fund. The purpose of this fund is to enrich the international and research experience of Queen’s doctoral students in building global linkages and international networks by pursuing a research abroad experience at one of Queen’s Matariki partners.

Queen’s PhD candidates who have completed their comprehensive examinations are eligible to apply to spend a term at one of the Matariki partners to further their research.

The PhD Research Mobility Fund will be launching soon.

First developed by the University of Queensland in 2008, the Three Minute Thesis competition (3MT®) challenges research students to communicate the significance of their projects to a non-specialist audience in just three minutes.

Each institution in the Matariki Network is invited to put forward videos of the top 3 student presentations from their internal competition rounds, making a total of 15 entries for this virtual contest.

The judging panel is made up of one academic representative from each participating institution (nominated by the Vice-Chancellor/Principal), plus one student representative from UWA (as Chair institution). The judges individually score each video presentation according to the centralised 3MT® judging criteria (out of 14 points), followed by a virtual meeting to consolidate scores and agree on the winning entries. 

The inaugural Matariki 3MT® contest took place in October 2019. 

Planning is currently underway for the 2022 Matariki 3MT®

Matariki 3MT® 2021​

The 2021 Matariki 3MT® event included presentations from all seven member institutions for the very first time!

  • ​​​​1st place: Moritz Koch (Tübingen)  – “The Bacteria Engineer – Using metabolic engineering strategies to improve phototrophic cyanobacteria for the production of sustainable, biodegradable bioplastics” 
  • Runner-up: Samantha Twietmeyer (Queen’s) – “Scared of what’s behind you – Negotiating a double minority dilemma”

2021’s People’s Choice vote ran alongside the formal competition. The presentation which received the most votes was:

  • Patrick Boudreau (Otago): “The optimal state for adventure sports”

View all Matariki 3MT® 2021 presentations

Matariki 3MT® 2020

Participating partners in the 2020 edition of the contest were Durham, Otago, Queen’s and UWA.

  • 1st place: Sean Marrs (Queen's) – “City of Spies”
  • Runner-up: Olivia Johnston (UWA) – “Teacher, I care that you C.A.R.E.”

Alongside the panel competition, the Secretariat also organized a People’s Choice vote, which allowed members of the wider university and general public to vote for their favourite video.

  • People's Choice: Victoria Purdy (Otago) – “Fingerprinting New Zealand Hops: Can we expand the NZ hop industry?”.

View all Matariki 3MT® 2020 presentations

Matariki 3MT® 2019

Participating partners were Dartmouth, Durham, Otago, Queen’s and UWA. Each institution put forward videos of the top 3 student presentations from their internal competition rounds, making a total of 15 entries for this virtual contest. Presentation topics varied widely; with both Sciences and Humanities being represented.

  • 1st place: Katarina Doughty (UWA) – “Reducing global food waste through insect farming”
  • Runner-up: Nevena Martinovic (Queen’s) – “Acting your age – Gender & age on the 18th century stage”

Alongside the panel competition, the Secretariat also organized a People’s Choice vote, which allowed members of the wider university and general public to vote for their favourite video. This proved hugely popular and attracted a total of 1506 votes.

  • People's Choice: Cassie Stylianou (Otago) – “Unravelling the genetic variants underlying inherited endometrial cancer risk”.

View all Matariki 3MT® 2019 presentations.

Queen’s has exchange agreements with every Matariki Network partner except for Dartmouth College.

These agreements allow undergraduate and (in some cases) graduate students to participate in an exchange at one of our partners for an academic term.

Participation and eligibility depends on the faculty and department to which the student belongs.

Search the full database of all Queen’s exchange partners.

For more opportunities, visit the official Matariki Network of Universities website.