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Research and innovation at Wintec

Research at Wintec is characterised by:

  • Applied research projects that are responsive to the needs of industry and communities and have a real-world impact.
  • Relationships of trust with local communities, including Māori and Pacific communities, as well as with a global network of research collaborators.
  • Rangahau, undertaken by Māori, for Māori, as Māori, and in pursuit of conveying a Māori empirical perspective of the world.
  • Transdisciplinary and interdisciplinary work that brings together a range of perspectives, knowledge and understanding to solve complex theoretical and practical challenges.
  • Collaboration across the institute and with national and global partners, with the dual aim of learning from best research and innovation practice at all levels, and projecting Wintec and New Zealand’s capabilities into the global arena.

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In line with Tertiary Education Commission (TEC) requirements, our students benefit from our academic staff being active researchers who keep abreast of and contribute to knowledge creation in their respective fields.

The Wintec research aspirations go well beyond this. Driven by the research office, the institution proactively seeks to open spaces for research and innovation through:

  • A focus on the formation of transdisciplinary teams and research groups across the institution
  • Networking and development of collaboration opportunities, including through a research fellowship fund
  • Monitoring and identification of external funding opportunities and support to the proposal development process
  • An HRC-accredited Human Ethics in Research approval process and other processes in support of high-quality research
  • Profiling and sharing of Wintec research and researchers

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Wintec participates in the New Zealand Government’s Performance-Based Research Fund (PBRF) mechanism. Wintec performance has improved markedly between the 2012 and 2018 Quality Evaluations (QEs), with highlights being a 61 percent increase in the number of researcher portfolios submitted and 127 percent increase in the number of portfolios receiving a rating. Our attainment in the External Research Income (ERI) component increased eight-fold, while Research Degree Completions (RDC) rose by 43 percent over the same period.

Postgraduate study

Wintec offers postgraduate and master’s level programmes in media arts, sport and exercise science, midwifery, nursing and social practice, business informatics, and innovation. 

As a postgraduate student, you will learn from the best and will be well supported throughout your studies by our experienced and respected supervisors, academic staff and dedicated support staff. The Wintec postgraduate programmes are designed with the 21st-century workforce in mind.

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Young researchers from Taiwan and South Korea build their skills at Wintec

Students from South Korea and Taiwan are at Wintec on a research internship

Wintec academics, Dr Pierson Rathinaraj (centre right) and Steve Edwards with the visiting Korean research students.

An eco-friendly research experience in New Zealand is a highlight for students from South Korea and Taiwan who are at Wintec to complete a research internship.

Seven Korean research scholars from Kyungpook National University (KNU), South Korea and a Taiwanese student from the National Taiwan University of Science and Technology (Taiwan Tech), have joined Wintec’s Centre for Research and Applied Innovation for four months.

During their stay at Wintec, the scholars will focus on their research projects, and to enhance their communications and cultural skills, they are enrolled in English language courses and housed in Kiwi homestays.

 Dr Rathinaraj, Wintec research team manager for chemistry, says the three-year research collaboration is an important milestone in our relationship with reputed universities and a recognition of our deep collaboration and the regard with which we hold KNU and Taiwan Tech.

This is the first year Wintec has hosted a student from Taiwan Tech but every year since 2016, Wintec has hosted up to seven students from KNU.

The research team aims to have an ongoing reciprocal relationship with KNU and Taiwan Tech.


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