Lincoln University Investment Plan 2019-2021

Lincoln University Investment Plan 2019-2021
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1.   Introduction                                                 2
2. Governance                                                     4
3. Transformation                                                 5
4. Strategic drivers                                              6
   4.1 A Strategy for Lincoln University                          6
   4.2 University organisation                                    8
5. Proposed outcomes for the coming three years                    9
   5.1 Academic programmes                                        12
   5.2 Brand management and marketing campaigns                  14
   5.3 Student experience and engagement                         16
   5.4 Campus                                                    20
   5.5 Partnerships                                              22
6. The Lincoln University AgResearch Joint Facility              23
7. Contribution to government priorities                         25
   7.1 Delivering skills for industry (Priority 1)               25
   7.2 Boosting achievement of Māori and Pasifika (Priority 3)   28
   7.3 Strengthening research-based institutions (Priority 5)    32
   7.4 Growing international linkages (Priority 6)               38
8. Our Programmes                                                43
   8.1 Faculty of Agriculture and Life Sciences                  43
   8.2 Faculty of Agribusiness and Commerce                      44
   8.3 Faculty of Environment, Society and Design                46
   8.4 University Studies and English Language Division          47
   8.5 Library, Teaching and Learning (LTL)                      47
9. Managing resources                                            50
   9.1 Financial performance                                     50.
   9.2 Quality Assurance Reviews                                 51
10. Statement of service performance                             52
    10.1 Our tools and what they tell us                         52
    10.2 Mix of Provision                                        52
    10.3 Volume of EFTS by NZQF Level                            53
    10.4 Performance commitments                                 54
Appendices (internal only)                                       56                                                      1
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1. Introduction

As the longest-running                      We enable our students to grow into                    Size for size, Lincoln has a higher
                                            their potential so that they can help                  number of academics producing world-
                                            shape a world that benefits from a                     class research than any other university
university in the Southern                  greater relationship with the land. From               in New Zealand.
Hemisphere, it’s safe to say                Tourism to Viticulture to Landscape
                                            Architecture to Food Science to                        Harnessing the value of our land
the Lincoln story begins with                                                                      Though diverse, we don’t attempt to
                                            Agribusiness and more.
farming. But it certainly                                                                          offer everything; we put our resources
doesn’t end there. What we’re               To achieve this, we’ve cultivated a few                into what we truly excel at. Our natural
                                            strengths of our own.                                  history is land-based and that’s where
mainly interested in growing,
                                                                                                   our future is. We offer unique courses
is people.                                  Course structure
                                                                                                   that are directly aligned with the
                                            Many of the world’s leading universities
We have big goals – Lincoln University                                                             industry demand in the primary sector
                                            now allow their students to pick and mix
is globally ranked in the top 1.2% of                                                              and speak to New Zealand’s identity
                                            their learning to tailor it to where they
all universities globally and aspires to                                                           of primary production, environmental
                                            want to end up. Lincoln University is
become a globally-ranked, top five                                                                 management, agricultural commerce
                                            the only New Zealand university to have
agri-focused university and top five New                                                           and tourism.
                                            adopted this.
Zealand university. As one of only two                                                             Lincoln students enjoy a wealth of
New Zealand universities to improve in      Small is big                                           opportunities to develop skills here and
the QS rankings this year, and moving       Being the smallest university in New                   in the real world. Just as importantly,
up to number 6 in the New Zealand           Zealand is a good thing. It means                      they become part of a thriving and
ranking, we know we are on our way.         we offer a more personable learning                    inclusive student community, forging
                                            environment, with greater access                       friendships that will last a lifetime, and
We have a student headcount roll of
                                            to and more face-time with lecturers.                  our graduates will arrive at their careers
around 2,800 and approximately 600
                                            The village-like atmosphere leads                      globally connected, forward thinking
staff. With three academic faculties,
                                            to a greater sense of community                        and ready to shape tomorrow.
one teaching division, several research
                                            and transfer of knowledge between
centres (including the soon to be built                                                            Lincoln University is here to enhance
27,000 sqm Joint Facility, in partnership                                                          and enrich lives. To grow the knowledge
with AgResearch), and a range of            Research                                               of our students so they can shape
corporate service units, Lincoln            At Lincoln University, we dig deep. The                a world that benefits from a greater
University draws its students from          Lincoln University and AgResearch                      understanding of the relationship
throughout New Zealand and over             (LUAgR) Joint Facility is a 27,000 sqm                 between our land, the food produced
60 countries.                               facility supporting a collaboration of                 from it and the ecosystems within it.
                                            700-900 researchers.

                                            Why are we here? We are here to enhance and enrich lives. To undertake research and grow the
Purpose:                                    knowledge of our students, shaping a world that benefits from a greater understanding of the

Unlocking the
                                  1         relationship between our land, the food and experiences we create from it and the ecosystems
                                            within it. To produce thought leaders who will grow the future, so people can live well for
                                            generations to come.
power of the
land to enhance
lives and grow                              What? We provide an environment that enables our students and researchers to grow into their
the future.                       2         potential, so they can go on to enhance and enrich lives of others. An environment that nurtures and
                                            facilitates growth in all areas of development; physical, emotional, intellectual, financial and societal.

                                            How? We facilitate great learning and growth through powerful, applied research, cultivation
                                 3          of deep industry relationships, world-class, modern learning environments and teaching, global
                                            connections and collaborations. To ensure that what we teach is relevant today, and tomorrow.                                                                                                                                        3
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2. Governance

Lincoln University Council                      Risk Management                            on appropriate expressions of:
The 12 member Lincoln University                Council’s Audit and Risk Management        Rangatiratanga, Kāwanatanga, active
Council comprises a mix of members              Committee oversees the University’s        protection of Māori rights, interests and
appointed by the Minister of Education          effective management of strategic risk.    knowledge, and redress for Māori.
and by Council itself, including elected        High level strategic risks are reviewed
                                                                                           Targeted support is provided to Māori
staff and student members. The                  monthly by the Committee and
                                                                                           students through the Māori and Pacific
selection of appointed members utilises         quarterly by Council. Risk management
                                                                                           Island Support Coordinator.
a skills matrix framework covering              systems are operated university-wide.
                                                                                           Te Awhioraki (Māori Students
the expected competencies and                   The Capital Asset Committtee governs
                                                                                           Association) supports students from
experience. Prospective candidates              the Joint Facility build.
                                                                                           its base at the Whare, running events
for elected positions are briefed
                                                Treaty of Waitangi                         and advocating to enhance the student
on the expectations and selection
                                                Under the Education Act 1989, the          experience for Māori.
framework. Additional high-calibre
capability is co-opted for specific             University Council has a duty to           Further to the Transformation Board1
purposes, as demonstrated through the           acknowledge the principles of the          report, external governance review
establishment of the Transformation             Treaty of Waitangi, in the performance     and the strategy workshops, new
Board in 2017.                                  of its functions. The Council              capabilities are required at the
                                                constitution provides for one member       University. One of the key themes
Educational Performance                         to be appointed after consultation with    includes introducing a commitment
Academic Board, a Committee of                  Te Rūnanga o Ngāi Tahu. A Council          to bi-culturalism. As bi-culturalism
Council, has the responsibility to              Committee, Ahumairaki, has the             and collaboration are core to the
ensure the quality and standards of             purpose of maintaining governance          University’s strategy, the Chancellor
learning, teaching and research are             oversight of the obligations under the     is championing the initiation of this
maintained across the University. The           Education Act, the Tertiary Education      work for Lincoln University governance
Board provides academic leadership              Strategy and the University Investment     and leadership. The Mana Whenua
that guides the academic community              Plan to recognise and provide for the      have been approached to support the
to achieve the best possible outcomes           Treaty of Waitangi and to contribute to    development of skills and awareness of
for the University’s students, staff and        Māori development aspirations.             the Council and the Leadership team.
stakeholders. Equal prominence is given                                                    It is hoped that the collaborative
                                                Further, under the State Sector Act
to research, teaching and learning,                                                        strategy can be co-designed with
                                                1988, as a good employer the University
informed through its two major                                                             the Mana Whenua.
                                                operates a personnel policy containing
subcommittees (Learning and Teaching
                                                provisions for the fair and proper
Committee and Research Committee),
                                                treatment of employees in all aspects of
and a Student Experience Board.
                                                their employment, including an equal
Organisational Performance                      employment opportunities programme
Performance is monitored at                     and recognition of: the aims and
governance level through a suite of             aspirations of the Māori people; the
standard reports including financials,          employment requirements of the
student recruitment, research, and              Māori people; and the need for greater
health and safety. The Lincoln Measures         involvement of the Māori people in the
provide strategic financial and non-            education service.
financial performance targets to                The University’s Whenua Strategy
give an overall view of organisational          includes a Māori responsiveness
performance. Six-monthly reports are            framework, incorporating a Treaty of
provided to Council on achievement              Waitangi Matrix to guide University
against targets.                                decision-making processes by focusing


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3. Transformation

In 2017, the Transformation                   c. Move away from being a standalone         • Robust governance arrangements
                                                 university to being the academic            are in place for the building of the
Board was established,
                                                 heart of the Lincoln Community and          Joint Facility with AgResearch over
and subsequently released                        a valued partner to institutions with       the next two years. Governance
a report in October 2017                         shared goals.                               oversight of the project at Lincoln
detailing five key themes,                       This is covered in section 6 The            University is the responsibility
                                                 Lincoln University AgResearch               of the Capital Asset Committee,
which are reflected in the                       Joint Facility.                             which meets monthly and reports
initiatives Lincoln University                                                               to the full Council. The University
is undertaking. The                           d. Imbue Lincoln University with a clear       also participates in a Governance
recommendations are:                             purpose that delivers for Aotearoa          Oversight Group with
                                                 New Zealand and contributes                 AgResearch and the Tertiary
                                                 globally to create knowledge and            Education Commission.
a. Redefine quality course offerings             opportunities around land, food
                                                                                         As a result of these changes and
   and create new ways of student-               and ecosystems, building on the
                                                                                         ongoing efforts to address the
   focused learning for undergraduates,          University’s historical strengths.
                                                                                         recommendations listed above, the
   postgraduates and mid-career                  This is covered in section 4
                                                                                         University achieved an operating
   professionals.                                University Organisation.
                                                                                         surplus of $493k in 2016 – its first
   This is covered in section 5.1                                                        surplus in a decade, and an operating
   Academic Programmes.                       e. Reset the governance and executive
                                                                                         surplus of $7.5m from continuing
                                                 capability to achieve Lincoln
                                                                                         operations in 2017.
b. Build Lincoln University’s research           University’s renewed purpose.
   outcomes and reputation to deliver                                                    It has also developed the Student
                                                The recommendations of an external
   positive change for Aotearoa New                                                      Growth Strategy2, a direct response
                                                governance review are being
   Zealand in the land, food and                                                         to an environment of declining
                                                addressed to ensure an appropriate
   ecosystems domain.                                                                    enrolments, identifying a series of
                                                and adaptable governance structure
                                                                                         changes and initiatives to improve
  Over the next three years we will             is in place through a period of
                                                                                         the attractiveness of the University
  develop a suite of research initiatives       significant change. The main
                                                                                         and its offerings, lift both domestic
  at Lincoln University. Each research          recommendations addressed the
                                                                                         and international student enrolments,
  initiative will represent a contribution      following areas:
                                                                                         and further improve the retention
  to a grand challenge confronting              • Relationships with Māori and other     of students.
  society. This will be tackled at                stakeholders be enhanced through
  world class level through a mix of                                                     By the end of 2018, both the Research
                                                  effective outreach and liaison.
  disciplines from Lincoln University                                                    Strategy and the Library, Teaching and
  and in strong collaboration with              • The content, planning and              Learning Strategy will be refreshed and
  members of other institutions.                  timeliness of Council papers be        will be aligned to reflect the university’s
                                                  focused on strategic and high          transformation goals.
  The first of three planned initiatives          level monitoring of performance
  for 2018 has been launched with the             and risk.
  intention of maintaining a portfolio of
  up to five at any one time. Details of        • Collaboration with other research
  the first initiative “Designing Future          institutions, especially Crown
  Productive Landscapes – Houhake,                Research Institutes and other
  Haumako, Hauora” are contained in               universities, be prioritised.
  Appendix B.

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4. Strategic drivers

4.1     A strategy for Lincoln University
A comprehensive strategic framework is under             A. Renewal – move from viability to sustainability
development to ensure that the strategies,               There has been a lot of effort to improve financial
goals, KPIs and key milestones are delivered.            viability over the past few years, which has resulted
The proposed strategic planning development              in a strong financial result in recent times. With a
framework is outlined below:                             disciplined approach, there are more opportunities
                                                         to reduce costs and become more productive.
                                                         This will require targeted investment into
        Purpose                                          infrastructure. For example, enhancements to
                                                         current IT systems (not new systems), investing
                                                         in targeted student recruitment and expansion
                                                         of learning infrastructure. This will be achieved
                                                         by a robust focus on Operational Excellence and
       Strategic                                         Continuous Improvement.
                                                         It is proposed that a strategic approach is taken
                                                         to optimising viability of the organisation over the
                                                         next two years. Systems to support Operational
                                                         Excellence and Continuous Improvement will then
      Strategic Plan                   Business Plan     become part of business as usual, rather than a
                                                         specific Strategic Objective. A core objective of this
                                                         strategy is to move the University from a focus on
                                                         viability, to one where lean highly efficient systems
                                                         mean that the University frees up resources
                                                         (financial and people) to identify areas for growth
                                                         and development.

The new strategic framework and core strategies          B. Shaping – collaborative at the core
were developed in the first half of 2018. An             The Transformation Board report identified
“ambidextrous” approach was confirmed, where             collaboration as a key competency and strategy for
the University executes a Renewal strategy to            the University. This was supported by the review
complete the process of making the institution           of governance completed late 2017. This is new for
operationally excellent and viable, in conjunction       the University and will require new investment, new
with a Shaping strategy of collaboration with the        organisational capabilities, and new governance and
land-based sector.                                       business models.

Implementation                                           The shaping strategy sees Lincoln University work
The strategy requires an ambidextrous approach.          towards its new purpose. The role of the University
This will involve most of the organisation being         is the platform upon which other organisations
focused on the “A Strategy”, while a small focused       succeed, such as research centres, the Agri-industry,
team will work to develop, test and roll out the         business partners, and Iwi. The work on this has
“B Strategy”.                                            commenced on a small scale and an example of
                                                         a successful shaping strategy deliverable is the
                                                         recently announced initiative Designing Future
                                                         Productive Landscapes – Houhake, Haumako,
                                                         Hauora” which is contained in Appendix B.
    A culture of collaboration is a key
    competency for the future of
    Lincoln University.

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Visual interpretation (1)
from Strategy and Planning

Visual interpretation (2)
from Strategy and Planning
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4.2    University Organisation
Lincoln University has a goal of becoming a globally-ranked,
top five agri-focused university and top five New Zealand
University. In order to achieve this, it will require the University
to build on its past strengths and to deliver positive change in
the domains of land, food and ecosystems, integrated with a
sharper focus on better student experiences and outcomes.
The University Organisation project is focused on aligning and
organising university structure and activities.

      What we                                     To attract                                  To attract
      deliver:                                    and build                                   new students
      Aotearoa New Zealand
                                                  partnerships                                • Redefine quality course
      • Contribute towards global                 • Become the academic heart
        knowledge and opportunities                 of Blinc Innovation                       • Create new ways of
                                                    (Lincoln Hub)                               student-focused learning
      • Build on our past strengths
        and research outcomes                     • Valued partner to institutions
      • Deliver positive change                     with shared goals
        in the land, food and
        ecosystems domain

       Tackling important                         • Multi-disciplinary approach, providing relevant capability and solutions
       societal challenges                        • High quality, high impact research and learning

       Building awareness                         • Māori, industry, Government – tackling challenges that matter
                                                  • For students – providing novel and relevant learning

       Attracting new                             Aspiration
       revenue                                    • Research: Increasing revenue by > 10% per year (from 2020)
                                                  • IP and Enterprise – potentially $10m+pa
                                                  • Education: 300 additional domestic EFTS (under-graduates, post-graduates,
                                                    mid-career professionals)

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5. Proposed outcomes for the coming
   three years

The forecast student volume is summarised below:                                         Lincoln University is committed to responding to future
                                                                                         demand from the land-based sector for more skilled
                                                                                 Total   graduates to improve productivity, environmental quality and
                            2018         2019        2020          2021
                                                                               growth    food safety. The Government’s Business Growth Agenda (BGA)
 Domestic                   1,560        1,565        1,616        1,691           8%    includes a challenging goal of increasing the ratio of the
 Sub-degree                   183          174          173          171          -7%    value of exports: GDP to 40% by 2025, effectively requiring
                                                                                         the doubling of the value of exports from the land-based
 Undergraduate               1,192        1,198       1,242        1,309          10%
                                                                                         sector. This goal is set against an expected increase in global
 Postgraduate                 184          193         202           210          14%
                                                                                         demand for food by 60% over the next decade. Furthermore,
 International               946         1040         1,105         1,161         23%    the land-based sector has already indicated it needs more
 Sub-degree                   228          259         269           277          21%    than 50,000 additional skilled workers and to increase skill
 Undergraduate                286          274          275         280           -2%    levels for its existing workforce.
 Postgraduate                 432          507          561         604          40%     To achieve student growth, Lincoln University must increase
                                                                                         the number of students it is recruiting. At the same time, to
 TOTAL EFTS                2,505         2,604        2,721       2,851           14%
                                                                                         ensure year-on-year growth, newly recruited students must
                                                                                         then be retained. To achieve this, a series of initiatives have
                                                                                         been identified that address both recruitment and
                                                                                         retention. These have been grouped into five key themes,
Total projected EFTS broken down by domestic and                                         which sit across target markets and cover the end-to-end
international qualification levels:                                                      student lifecycle:

3,000                                                                                    • Academic Programmes: All initiatives relating to Lincoln
2,500                                                                                      University’s product mix (e.g. introducing online and
                                                                                           blended learning, staircasing, taught master’s degrees and
                                                                                           changes to the University Organisation).
1,000                                                                                    • Brand Management and Marketing Campaigns: All
500                                                                                        initiatives relating to brand awareness and positioning of
                                                                                           Lincoln University, and the key marketing campaigns and
        2018                      2019                   2020                     2021     activities for target markets.
                                                                                         • Student Experience and Engagement: All initiatives
    Domestic sub-degree                           Domestic undergraduate
                                                                                           relating to the student experience, improving pastoral
    Domestic postgraduate                         International sub-degree
    International undergraduate                   International postgraduate
                                                                                           care and increasing student engagement. These initiatives
                                                                                           are integral to growing retention and progression,
                                                                                           ensuring that students have a positive experience at
                                                                                           Lincoln University.
An increase in EFTS from 2496 in 2018
                                                                                         • Campus: All initiatives relating to Lincoln University’s
to 2844 EFTS in 2021.
                                                                                           facilities and grounds. The LUAgR Joint Facility is a key
This is to be achieved through the strategies and key                                      initiative in this category that will be integral to growing
initiatives detailed in the Student Growth Strategy.                                       student recruitment and retention, as it is recognised that
Over the next three years Lincoln University expects to:                                   quality facilities and an outstanding campus environment
                                                                                           will attract students, researchers, and academic staff.
• Grow overall EFTS by 14% (see further details in section 5.2)
• Grow international EFTS from 38% of the student                                        • Partnerships: All initiatives relating to partnering with
  population to 41% of the student population (see further                                 research institutes, industry, iwi, and community, to drive
  details in section 7.4.1)                                                                student growth, with a particular focus on the postgraduate
• Grow postgraduate EFTS from 25% of the student                                           market. Blinc Innovation and the Joint Facility are integral
  population to 29% of the student population (see further                                 to the University’s strategy for partnerships, due to the
  details in sections 6, and 7.3).                                                         research, industry-access, and employment opportunities it
                                                                                           presents for students, researchers and academic staff.
This will be achieved through a series of initiatives covering
both recruitment and retention, and have been grouped into
five key themes.                                                                                                                                          9
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                                                                                                                                                                  Product Mix review

                                                                                                                                                                  180 Credit Taught Masters

                                                                                                                                                                  Blended Learning

                                                                                                                                                                  Completely online courses
                                                                                                                                                                  Revised pathways

                                                                                                                                                                  University Studies and English Language

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                                                                                                                                                                  Campus redevelopment plan

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                                                                                                                                                                  Positioning and Brand Refresh

                                                                                                                                                                  Māori and Pasifika awareness building

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                                                                                                                                                                  Auckland / Australia specific campaigns

                                                                                                                                                                  Strategic domestic scholarships

                                                                                                                                                                  International scholarships, conferences, digital marketing

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                                                                                                                                                                  Onboarding support

                                                                                                                                                                  Student participation and direct engagement

                                                                                                                                                                  Student Management Solution (CRM) replacement/upgrade           Student Experience
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                                                                                                                                                                  Māori engagement

                                                                                                                                                                  Parent communications

                                                                                                                                                                  Student insights and market intelligence

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                                                                                                Minimal level impact

                    Initiative                                     Primary target           Expected   Timing
                                                                   market(s)                impact

                    Product mix review                             ALL                                 Now – 2020
                    180 Credit Taught Master’s                     Postgraduate                        Now – 2020
                    Blended learning                               ALL                                 Now – 2020
 Academic           Completely online courses                      ALL                                 Now – 2020
 Programmes         Revised pathways                               Undergraduate                       Now – 2020
                    University Studies and English Language        International                       Now – 2019
                    University Organisation (Ds and Is)            Postgraduate                        Now – 2020
                    Whenua Arotake Akoranga                        Māori                               Now – 2019

                    Campus redevelopment plan                      ALL                                 2018 - 2025
                    Student accommodation                          ALL                                 2018 - 2025
                    Joint Facility                                 ALL – but particularly              Now - 2020
                                                                   for Postgraduate

                    Joint Facility                                 ALL – but particularly              Now - 2020
                                                                   for Postgraduate
                    International partnerships and rankings        International                       Now – 2020
                    International joint programmes and pathways    International                       Now – 2020
                    Domestic partnerships                          Domestic                            Now – 2020
                    Māori / Pasifika community partnerships        Māori                               Now – 2020

                    Positioning and brand refresh                  Domestic                            Now – 2019
                    Māori and Pasifika awareness building          Māori and Pasifika                  Now – 2019
                    Domestic school visits and marketing           Undergraduate                       Now – 2019
 Brand              campaigns
 Management         Auckland / Australia specific campaigns        Domestic – Auckland,                Now – 2019
 and Marketing                                                     Australia
                    Strategic domestic scholarships                Domestic                            Now – 2019
                    International scholarships, conferences, and   International                       Now - 2020
                    digital marketing

                    Pastoral care and wellbeing services           ALL                                 Now – 2019
                    Onboarding support                             ALL                                 Now – 2019
                    Student participation and direct engagement    ALL                                 Now – 2019
 Student            Student Management Solution (CRM)              ALL                                 Now – 2021
 Experience /       replacement/upgrade
 Engagement         Learning support                               ALL                                 Now – 2019
                    Māori engagement                               Māori                               Now – 2019
                    Parent communications                          ALL                                 Now – 2019
                    Student insights and market intelligence       ALL                                 Now – 2019                                                                                                      11
5.1   Academic programmes
A Programme Review Committee currently evaluates new and
existing programme ideas using the 5A’s matrix3 to ensure                 For 2019 the following changes are planned:
they are flexible and kept up to date.
The annual review process has resulted in the revision of the                           More flexible degrees with majors attached
content and structure of the least popular specialist degrees.
It has also divested some offerings, notably at the sub-degree                1         to ‘Initiatives’ that address real-world
level with the transfer of Telford to Taratahi Agricultural                             problems (refer 4.2 University Organisation)
Training Centre. Such divestment reflects Lincoln University’s
strategic decision to focus less on sub-degree offerings, and
focus more on postgraduate offerings.
There are now 12 transferable majors that nearly all Bachelor
                                                                                        Improve staircasing from postgraduate
degree programmes can incorporate to allow double majors.                     2         certificates/diplomas up to master’s degrees
To overcome Lincoln University and AgResearch supervisor
constraints, which was limiting the potential for student
growth at the postgraduate level, changes were approved so
that students can be supervised by external scientists and
other Joint Facility partners.
                                                                                        Increase flexibility through increased
There is industry representation on liaison and advisory
groups within Divisions, Faculties and Departments. Their
                                                                              3         elective choice and fewer prerequisites
representation ensures current needs and advice are
identified in the design of courses and programmes.
All programme proposals encourage Māori and student
scrutiny and input through membership on each Division/                                 Further reduce the number of low
Faculty Teaching Committee, Learning and Teaching                             4         volume courses
Committee and Academic Board. The University’s Whenua
Strategy aims to inculcate a kaupapa Māori ethic and
approach to course and programme design. These are
assessed against Māori responsiveness criteria to ensure the
curriculum content, delivery and overall pedagogy reflect                               Increase the number of 180 credit taught
Māori desires to study as Māori. The Learning and Teaching                    5         master’s degrees
Committee, in partnership with the Director Kaiarahi Māori, is
developing a framework for Faculties and Divisions to apply
the objectives, skills and values from the Whenua Strategy to
the design of programmes and courses.

                                                                              6         Increase the number of 180 credit taught
                                                                                        master’s programmes offered totally online.

3     5A’s Matrix: Acceptability; Accessibility; Accreditation; Affordability; Appropriateness

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5.1.1 180 credit taught master’s                                           Effective blended learning builds on the traditional strengths
180 credit taught master’s, which do not require supervisors,              of face-to-face teaching at Lincoln University. The blended
are a growing feature of the New Zealand tertiary education                learning rollout across the University has seen staff from
market, and are expected to account for a substantial portion              all three Faculties and the University Studies and English
of the expected increase in postgraduate enrolments, as has                Language Division take part in a structured staff development
occurred internationally. Lincoln University has committed                 programme. This development programme led by the
to producing four more taught master’s programmes in the                   Teaching Quality Team is being run each year over 12 weeks
coming year and expects that within two to three years each                (delivered in a blended learning format) with structured face-
of these programmes will have approximately 20-30 EFTS.                    to-face sessions and online modules. This structured training
The new programmes include:                                                is seeing great results with all attendees moving from the
                                                                           traditional face-to-face delivery to using a blended learning
•    Master of Bio-protection and Bio-security                             approach within their courses.
•    Master of Digital Agriculture
•    Master of Finance                                                     With the introduction of blended learning, we are combining
•    Master of Viticulture and Oenology                                    the best of both approaches to facilitate the best learning
                                                                           outcomes for students. We know from student feedback that
Domestic Postgraduate growth                                               students are appreciating the higher quality and quantity of
                                                                           interaction with our academics and their peers that blended
                                        2018     2019     2020     2021
                                     forecast   target   target   target
                                                                           learning can facilitate. Structured academic staff development
                                                                           in blended learning will continue as we look to moving the
    Bachelors with Honours    47.7      38.0     48.5     49.0     50.5
                                                                           majority of our first year of courses into a blended format.
    Postgrad Certs / Dips     10.6       12.7     12.8     12.9     13.3   Students coming straight from high school have experienced
    Taught Masters            14.0       25.2     29.1    30.4     30.5    blended learning and through this change in how we deliver
    Research Masters          56.9      46.8       54     56.5      56.7   our courses it should make the transition from high school to
    PhD (Dom & Intl)         243.8     273.0     323.1    364.1   405.9
                                                                           Lincoln University easier and increase our retention.
                                                                           All courses now have an online course site in LEARN with
                                                                           a consistent structured course outline which sets out the
5.1.2 Blended learning                                                     learning contract between the academic and the student. All
Blended learning at Lincoln University combines face-to-face               assessment items across the University are listed online in
and online activities in a seamless and complementary flow of              the course sites. Since 2016 we have seen a 40% increase in
learning. Our academics are using flipped classrooms, where                the number of lectures that are recorded and made available
online activity is introduced prior to a face-to-face class, in the        to students online. This year sees the introduction of a media
form of reading materials and other artefacts. These resources             studio which our academics can use to build digital learning
are provided through our recently updated Learning                         content. The content can be created in the studio or the
Management System LEARN and provide a springboard                          equipment can be taken out in to the field. Our professional
for students to conduct further online research through                    camera team have worked closely with our academic staff to
personal learning networks and digital curation activities.                create a number of videos on farm management, vineyard
Further work in the classroom is spent in small groups with                operation and animal welfare.
the aim of deepening this learning through problem-based
activities. This weaving together of different modes of                    5.1.3 Entirely online courses
delivery with a purposeful pedagogical underpinning is one                 Separate to the Blended Learning initiative, is the delivery of
example of a blended approach that combines synchronous                    entirely online courses.
and asynchronous elements. Other blends might be purely
synchronous and take the form of a face-to-face class in                   Online learning supports Lincoln University’s ability to grow
which some learners join remotely via web conferencing                     its presence outside of the Canterbury region. By increasing
tools. Lincoln uses a range of different blended approaches;               flexibility and accessibility, online learning cuts down the
the balance between online and face-to-face components,                    amount of time students have to spend on campus, and
and the integration of other methods, depending on the                     therefore better enables them to complete their studies
needs of learners and the context within which the learning                around employment and geographic constraints. There is now
is implemented. The more innovative of these approaches                    potential for students living in the North Island, or in another
increase student engagement by enabling learning, thinking                 country, to complete a qualification entirely through distance
and conversation across multiple spaces and over time.                     learning – which broadens opportunities for the University and
                                                                           potential students alike.
                                                                           By mid 2019, we plan to have a set of postgraduate
                                                                           programmes that are offered 100% online.                                                                                                                            13
5.1.4 Provide clear pathways to degree level study                                      5.2   Brand management and marketing campaigns
Certificate in University Studies (CUS) and Diploma in                                  Lincoln University has prioritised specific target markets to
University Studies (DUS) are key staircase qualifications with                          drive growth in student recruitment and retention.
an average retention rate of completed students of 90% over
                                                                                        The majority of Lincoln University’s domestic students
both programmes.
                                                                                        have traditionally come from the Canterbury region. Its
Once students have successfully transitioned from CUS and                               representation continues to be significant, with Canterbury
DUS to degree study and a completed degree they can expect                              accounting for between 37% and 66% of students across each
the same employment outcomes as their peers who entered                                 of Lincoln’s top nine programmes.
with University Entrance.
                                                                                        In order to build its domestic market share, Lincoln University
The table below shows the progression to higher study to                                must invest in building student numbers from the broader
Lincoln University programmes. The Level 5 programmes                                   New Zealand student pool, in particular urban students.
(excluding DUS) includes the Diploma of Agriculture and                                 Lincoln has a number of competitive advantages compared
Diploma of Horticulture from which students tend not to                                 to other New Zealand tertiary institutions, which should prove
progress. The majority of DUS students progress into either                             attractive to students from all regions. These include:
the Bachelor of Commerce or Bachelor of Science.
                                                                                        • The highest percentage of students that transition into
                                                                                          paid employment compared to other tertiary institutions in
Progression to Higher Study                                                               New Zealand
                                      2018          2019          2020          2021
                                   forecast        target        target        target   • Specialist degrees in fields that are in-demand, and speak
                                                                                          directly to the New Zealand identity of primary production,
 CUS                      91.7%         90%           91%        91.5%           92%
                                                                                          environmental management, agricultural commerce
 DUS                     97.6%          97%         97.5%        97.8%           98%
                                                                                          and tourism
 Level 5
                         34.6%          38%         38.5%          39%          40%     • Global reach and access to global experts, particularly
 (excluding DUS)
                                                                                          once the LUAgR Joint Facility is completed.
Note: These figures denote progression to Lincoln University programmes only
                                                                                        Recognising this, Lincoln is focused on increasing student
                                                                                        numbers from across the regions but with a particular focus
The value of CUS and DUS to students at Lincoln University is                           on growing its Auckland market. Auckland has been identified
that they offer shorter and more highly supported pathways to                           as the only region in New Zealand projected to have growth in
degree than traditional bridging programmes.                                            its number of school leavers over the next ten years. However,
                                                                                        despite having the greatest growth potential, it does require
The anticipated time to completion of degree for a CUS
                                                                                        significant investment, in large part to cut through the noise
student is a further three years, with a shorter time frame
                                                                                        and shift the prevailing stigma of Lincoln as a farming school.
available for those on an accelerated pathway. For DUS
students, the expected time to completion of degree is
between 2 and 3 years.

All forward                                                    Growth is probably the most common yardstick by which we
momentum in life                                               measure or evaluate where we’re at on our journey through life.
is a type of growth.                                           Life itself is all about growth.

                                                              At the very core of what a land-based university offers, the
                                                              proposition Grow is Lincoln. It is steeped in Lincoln’s mission
                                                              - to grow people, with a view to enhancing lives.

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Key initiatives include:

   Domestic students:
   Building a stronger domestic           • Investing in future talent through supporting the development of a new
   pipeline of potential students by:       agribusiness secondary schools curriculum
                                          • Expanding beyond the traditional Canterbury market by targeting Auckland’s top
                                            35 feeder schools, capitalising on Auckland school-leavers as the only domestic
                                            market forecasted to grow over the next ten years
                                          • Growing enrolments from Australia through developing partnerships with high-
                                            decile, rural secondary schools
                                          • Extending the traditional two semester learning year to include a third semester
                                            to allow students to fast track their degree by studying over summer.

   Māori and Pasifika communities:
   Increasing the diversity of students   • Developing marketing and branding content specifically for Māori and
   by building stronger awareness           Pasifika students
   of Lincoln University with these       • Targeting a number of rural and urban secondary schools with a substantial
   communities, and broadening              Māori or Pasifika presence
   engagement, as land is at the heart
                                          • Building and fostering partnerships and internships with iwi.
   of the culture and heritage of Māori
   and Pasifika communities. Key
   activities will include:

   Postgraduate students:
   Growing postgraduate numbers in        • Growing the number of 180 credit taught master’s programmes, in response to
   response to increasing industry and      demand from students and industry
   student demand, primarily driven       • Increasing the number of postgraduate researchers through the LUAgR Joint
   by the partnerships with research        Facility and changes to ways of working, which includes allowing researchers from
   institutes that will be offered          other organisations to serve as supervisors of PhD students. This will allow an
   through the LUAgR Joint Facility.        attendant increase in research-based post graduates at the University
   Key initiatives include:
                                          • Developing a city venue to deliver study closer to where professionals work.

   International students:
   Growing international numbers, with    • Maintaining China - presently the largest market but where enrolments will
   a focus on postgraduate research         be diversified to minimise risk of over-reliance and ensure diversity of the
   and partnerships, and key principles     student population
   associated with the following          • Growing India – an active market, with rapid growth and prevalence of
   market segments:                         postgraduate study. This will likely require investment in on-the-ground presence
                                            to grow partnerships with Indian research and education institutions
                                          • Maintaining the United States – while this is limited to short-term Study Abroad
                                            programmes, it is crucial to fostering diversity of the student population
                                          • Growing second-tier international markets, which will minimise the risk of over-
                                            reliance on large markets like China. Opportunities have been identified in South
                                            Asia (notably Sri Lanka and Pakistan) and South East Asia (notably Malaysia,
                                            Indonesia, and Vietnam), which are particularly attractive given their strong
                                            postgraduate markets.                                                                                                               15
5.3   Student experience and                     The Parent Experience:                                 Prior to enrolment, Student Experience
      engagement                                 Parents, in supporting children through                and Engagement staff assist prospective
A series of initiatives to support and           their learning, are also impacted by                   students in making informed choices
improve the end-to-end student                   Lincoln University’s offering and, as                  about their tertiary enrolments by
journey have been adopted. Student               key influencers of both their own and                  coaching them in how to ascertain that
Experience and Engagement is a                   others’ current and future children,                   the career path they are looking at is
powerful recruitment drawcard and                it is important that they have a                       right for them. This could be through
also has a positive impact on retention.         positive experience of the Lincoln                     assisting them with finding people
It is therefore integral to ensuring             University brand.                                      within the industry for networking and/
newly recruited students are then                                                                       or shadowing. We spend a large amount
                                                 Voice of the Student:                                  of time talking about outcomes and
retained. Many Student Experience
                                                 The best way to improve student                        coach them in ‘working backwards’
and Engagement initiatives apply to
                                                 engagement is to go to the students                    by looking into their area of interest
all students. However, to recognise
                                                 themselves, incorporating the voice                    and seeing what type of jobs come
the unique needs of student segments
                                                 of students into all decision-making                   up, how buoyant the market is, and
we have developed a series of market-
                                                 on matters affecting their experience.                 what qualifications and attributes are
specific initiatives:
                                                 This includes ensuring there is student                required. Aiming at both prospective
Hauora:                                          representation on our academic                         students and their influencers, we bring
Hauora wellbeing is at the heart of the          committees and the establishment of a                  graduates in particular sectors back to
student experience, and is frequently            Student Experience Board.                              the schools to talk about what they do
found outside the lecture hall. Lincoln                                                                 to help inform them.
University has invested in a number of
services, ranging from general social
facilities and activities, to specific one-
on-one health and support services.

In response to student feedback
regarding the on-boarding experience,
Lincoln University has adopted a project
management approach to orientation
and is now using digital technologies to
improve communications.

There is a correlation between student
involvement in on-campus activities,
and retention and progression rates;
the more engaged a student is, the
more likely they are to progress and
return. Examples of involvement include
working on campus, having a gym
membership, and/or being a member of
a team or club.

                                                 Students participate in 2018 Orientation activities.

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5.3.1 Graduate destination survey
After a hiatus of nearly 10 years, Lincoln
University has reinitiated the Graduation    The 2018 survey of 2017 graduates achieved a
Destination Survey, with the first online
survey undertaken in 2017, collected
data relating to the 2016 graduates’:        39% response rate
• Post-Lincoln University employment
  and/or study situation
                                             which is higher than is normally expected for
                                             externally distributed online surveys.
• Type of employment (eg job type,
  industry) and future employment
• Experiences of work-related                Key findings were:
  opportunities and skill development
  at Lincoln University.

                                             82%               of the survey respondents were in paid
                                                               employment with

                                             91%               of these working full-time;

                                             92.3%             of those in paid employment worked
                                                               30 hours or more a week

                                             18%               were not in paid employment

                                                               of respondents who were not in paid

                                             46%               employment were not looking for
                                                               employment, with half of them enrolled
                                                               for further study

                                                               of the survey respondents who were
                                             85%               in paid employment said it was either
                                                               their ideal employment at this stage of
                                                               their career (45%) or a step in the right
                                                               direction (40%).                                                                                          17
                                               Lincoln University Student Experience Journey

                                               GUIDING PRINCIPLES

                                                              Student needs are anticipated through                               Students are given equal opportunities to have                         Students can easily and comfortably voice
                                                              seamless, genuine, consistent and personalised                      the best end-to-end experience relevant to their                       feedback during interactions with touchpoints
                                                              experiences; both on and off line.                                  needs and intents.                                                     throughout their journey.

                                                               DISCOVER                 APPLY                SELECT              PREPARE                ENROL                     ADAPT               EXPERIENCE             SUCCEED             GRADUATE                  ADVOCATE               GIVE

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                                                          • Attend events.   • Decide             • Request more info.   • Sort finances &    • Receive advice.      • Adjust to            • Make use of          • Pass assessments.   • Receive             • Engage with          • Give to
                                                          • Receive            qualification.     • Visit campus or        employment.        • Review course          new living             campus facilities.   • Review results.       recognition           content.               campaigns.
                                                            professional     • Prepare personal     talk online.         • Arrange travel/      content.               environment.         • Get support from     • Monitor progress.     through awards      • Talk positively      • Volunteer time to
                                                            guidance           docs.              • Receive academic       visas.             • Select courses.      • Be officially          service areas.       • Seek and receive      and certificates.     about Lincoln.         support Lincoln
                                                            (agents,         • Create & submit     advise.               • Buy gear & tech.   • Pay fees.              welcomed.            • Socialise.             help.               • Celebrate           • Attend events.         initiatives.
                                                            teachers,          application/s      • Compare choices.     • Engage             • Establish            • Attend               • Build                • Receive               achievements        • Recommend            • Provide
                                                            advisors).         (academic,         • Discuss with           with online          timetable.             orientations.          relationships.         recognition.          with friends and      Lincoln to             professional
                                                          • Observe            scholarship,         influencers.           communities.       • Join clubs &         • Explore campus,      • Grow personally.     • Re-enrol.             whānau.               friends,               expertise.
                                               DOING        advertising.       accommodation.     • Make decision.       • Organise new         associations.          Lincoln,             • Discover new                               • Share moments         colleagues and       • Make a major
                                                          • Listen to        • Respond to         • Share decision         home life.         • Join rec centre &      Christchurch.          ways of learning.                            on social media.      family.                donation.
                                                            influencers.       admission           with social           • Buy orientation      health centre.       • Make friends.        • Gain knowledge.                            • Join alumni                                • Support a
                                                          • Search online.     requests.           networks.               tickets.           • Receive key to       • Attend first         • Attend lectures                              community.                                   scholarship.
                                                          • Visit campus.    • Accept offer/s.                           • Register for         Lincoln (ID card).     lecture!               and tutorials.                             • Re-apply.                                  • Make a bequest.
                                                                             • Access online                               orientation.                                                     • Receive academic
                                                                               resources.                                                                                                     and career

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        “I wouldn’t be
                                                                                                                                               “Being a student                                “Lincoln has                                  “This is my           “Some of
                                                                             “That was easier       “I am so pleased        “I can’t wait                               “I did it! – it’s                            “I’m confident                                                    where I am today
                                                           “I can picture                                                                        as Lincoln is                                  given me                                      biggest             my fondest                                QUALITATIVE
                                               THINKING                            than I             I’ve made a           to make new                              great to finally be                                about my                                                         if it wasn’t for
                                                            my future.”                                                                          going to be                                  opportunities I                               achievement         memories are of
                                                                                expected.”             decision.”             friends.”                                  settled in.”                                    future.”                                                            Lincoln
                                                                                                                                                  amazing.”                                  never imagined.”                                   yet”              Lincoln Uni.”

                                               FEELING     INSPIRATION         ANTICIPATION           HAPPINESS             EXCITEMENT          CONFIDENCE             CONTENTMENT          ACCOMPLISHMENT         ACCOMPLISHMENT               PRIDE               LOYALTY                GRATITUDE        QUALITATIVE

                                                          MEASURE                                                        MEASURE                                                            MEASURE                MEASURE                                     MEASURE

                                               MEASURE    MEASURE                                                        MEASURE                                                            MEASURE                MEASURE                                     MEASURE                                      QUANTITATIVE

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5.4       Campus                                                  Recognising that achieving a fit-for-future campus, which
With a view to the future, Lincoln has embarked on a campus       is attractive to potential students and will support their
masterplan project with a vision to be the place of choice for    retention, requires strategic decision-making around what
students and researchers. A place where people will grow in       and where to invest. Changes therefore involve improvement
their knowledge, an incubator of innovation and agribusiness,     and enhancement but also involve some rationalisation and
and a national hub for land based research.                       consolidation.

The vision for the campus – with people at the core – draws
on the University’s Māori strategy and focus on sustainability,   Our campus – which includes the
while balancing respect for our heritage with an eye to the
future. Our desire is to create a campus that enhances            land surrounding it – will act as an
connections and collaboration. A campus with vibrant heart
at the centre.
                                                                  incubation site, hatching ideas,
The output of this is the 20 Year Campus Master Plan,
                                                                  developing new products and
which details a range of changes, from quick-wins to              hosting emerging businesses and
long-term investments.
                                                                  like-minded partners.
The Campus Master Plan4 also details four
key objectives, which will underpin all change
initiatives. These are:                                           The overall investment, estimated as up to $111m, is proposed
                                                                  to be undertaken over a 10-year period (2018-2027). This
                                                                  approach has been outlined through the LUAgR Joint Facility
                                                                  business cases and a shorter term three-year plan has been
                                                                  approved in principle by the University Council.

      1             Leader                                        In the initial three years of the work programme, the focus is
                                                                  on “essential works”. Essential works include work needed to
                    Be a leader, look like a leader,              enable the LUAgR Joint Facility to be brought into use, urgent
                    act like a leader, and walk the talk          earthquake remediation, health and safety improvements,
                                                                  student experience spaces, and creation of decanting
                                                                  space to enable earthquake remediation works. The
                    Attractor                                     remaining funding is allocated to modernisation of student
      2             Be the place of choice for students,
                                                                  accommodation and learning technology.

                    researchers, and business
                                                                  New Zealand and our land-based
                                                                  sectors is defined as our primary,
      3             Be the national hub of land-based
                                                                  agri-food and fibre, natural resources,
                    science, education, design                    conservation and tourism sectors.
                    and commerce

      4             Be an incubator of innovation
                    and agribusiness.

4     Refer Appendix C – Campus Master Plan

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The Campus Master Plan involves both development and rationalisation

Student accommodation                      as revamping the current offering to       A voice of student analysis will be
One of the focus areas in the Campus       meet desired standards. To support this,   conducted to ensure a fit-for-future
Master Plan is student accommodation.      a supply and demand model has been         offering is developed that meets the
A business case is currently being         developed which assesses the number        needs of the ‘future student’. This will
developed for improving the University’s   of beds required over time by type and     be tested with industry experts and the
accommodation. Given this is such an       offering (halls, flats, houses), and the   business case will be completed in Q4
important component of the student         various options available to meet the      2018 with remedial work beginning by
experience, the University is ensuring     demand in a timely manner.                 the end of 2018.
it is prepared for future demand as well                                                                                                            21
5.5 Partnerships                                 an incorporated society funded by its      The Biological Husbandry Unit (BHU)8
Partnerships are integral to growing             membership, which includes Lincoln         A charitable trust and a joint venture
awareness, improving perceptions                 University. PICA plays an important        between Lincoln University and the New
and providing direct channels to reach           role in raising awareness of, and          Zealand organic sector. The trust aims
and attract students. Partnerships               changing perceptions about, primary        to promote organics through education,
also lend themselves towards                     sector careers.                            research and extension work.
collaboration, which can enable                  Through this relationship, Lincoln         Funding from MAF Sustainable
partners to collectively grow capacity           University is able to extend its reach     Farming Fund and the Agricultural and
and capability, achieving scale through          into schools careers expos and field-      Marketing Research and Development
multi-organisational collaboration.              days, and through targeted careers         Trust has enabled research-based
These activities are drawcards for               promotions. It also provides Lincoln       development and promotion techniques
students wanting to be involved in               access to industry specific customer       for commercial scale organic
solving the grand challenges facing the          insights work such as “Attracting career   agriculture, workshops aimed mostly
land-based sector.                               changers” which covers the dairy, wool,    at small farmers and growers and the
                                                 forestry, sheep and beef sectors.          development of a large published
5.5.1 Partnerships that promote                                                             resource (both in print and online) of
      domestic growth                            5.5.2 Partnerships with other              practical and technical information for
The Joint Facility, with its many                      organisations to promote             commercial growers. BHU staff now
campus-related benefits, also presents                 education in Canterbury              teach into the new Diploma of Organic
partnership opportunities, and the work-         SIGNAL                                     Agri-Food production (L5).
to-date with AgResearch has already              The TEC funded South Island ICT
started this partnership journey. We see         Graduate School is a collaboration
this type of industry collaboration as           between University of Otago, Ara
a key drawcard for potential students            Institute of Canterbury, Lincoln
through our ability to increase our              University, Otago Polytechnic and the
postgraduate supervisory capacity,               University of Canterbury. SIGNAL is a
opening up research opportunities,               direct response to the rapid growth
and employment opportunities for the             in IT roles across all sectors, where
postgraduate students attracted by the           thousands of new jobs will be created in
industry interaction, and vice-versa.            the next 10 years.
Blinc Innovation (formerly known as              Christchurch Educated6
Lincoln Hub) is located in the heart             Christchurch Educated Inc. is a group
of the campus and builds on the 140              of education providers based in the
years of research and education here             city of Christchurch and the region of
at Lincoln University, aligning the              Canterbury, New Zealand. Members
needs of New Zealand’s land-based                are all registered and approved by
sector through their work with leading           the New Zealand Government to host
organisations, start-ups, researchers,           international students.
growers, and universities.
                                                 New Zealand College of Business7
GrowingNZ – the Primary Industry                 Lincoln University and New Zealand
Capability Alliance (PICA)5 – is an              College of Business (NZCB) have jointly
industry, education and government               introduced platforms for international
alliance providing information,                  students to pursue their studies toward
activities and resources to support              bachelor’s and master’s degrees at
career opportunities in New Zealand’s            Lincoln University.
innovative primary sectors. PICA is


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