Enabling our Asia–Pacific trading nation
Vice-Chancellor Professor Grant Guilford explores one of Victoria’s eight distinctive academic themes.
Victorious Spring 2016
“One of Victoria’s eight distinctive academic themes, Enabling our Asia–Pacific trading nation, brings together more than 100 staff across a wide array of disciplines to focus on the flow of goods, services, people, cultures and ideas that constitute modern trade. This is an important role for an engaged global-civic university based in New Zealand’s capital city, given our country’s high dependence on the Asia–Pacific for our livelihood and security.
Victoria intends to be New Zealand’s internationally recognised centre for expertise, learning, engagement and capacity building for advancing our country’s relations with the Asia–Pacific. We are undertaking research and teaching that addresses the relevant contemporary issues and challenges.
It is a region in which we are making a difference.”
Professor Grant Guilford
Victoria’s innovative capital city-based Victoria Business School is committed as much to “the business of government” as to “the business of business”.
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In a trans–Tasman first, from next year Victoria will offer a new international trade degree that brings together expertise from four faculties.
Doing business in Asia requires time and investment but the potential rewards are well worth it for New Zealand businesses, says Professor Siah Hwee Ang.
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