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Victoria University students swap the beach for the boardroom

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Talented students from Victoria University of Wellington are ready to swap the beach for the boardroom this summer while they brainstorm, problem solve and offer creative solutions to a host of businesses and organisations as part of the University’s Summer Research Scholarships programme.

Each year, the University partners with companies, government agencies and professional groups to provide 10-week research placements for some of its top performing students, while also helping organisations tackle projects they don’t have the resources to do themselves.Now in its tenth year, the programme encourages more students to continue on to postgraduate study, by giving them a stimulating and rewarding research experience over summer.“These high-achieving students can bring a fresh perspective and additional resource to organisations,” says Professor Mike Wilson, Acting Vice-Provost (Research).“It’s a win-win for both parties—businesses will benefit from students’ strong research and development skills, while a Victoria University student gets practical problem-solving experience in the workplace.“An additional benefit of the programme is that it establishes research relationships between Victoria University and external partners that can grow into long term collaborative partnerships,” says Professor Wilson.Victoria is offering 300 Summer Research Scholarships this year, many of them in partnership with businesses or agencies wanting to get involved in the scheme. The business and the University each contribute $3,000 towards the scholarship.Summer Research Scholars bring expertise in a wide range of areas including science and engineering, humanities and social sciences, commerce, architecture, education and law, and are well equipped to develop new ideas, solutions and products for businesses.All students have an academic supervisor who works with the organisation and the student to ensure maximum benefit is gained from the research project.Businesses or organisations interested in hosting a student researcher this summer should visit: to submit an application by 17 August.

  • Source: A Victoria University Release