Working with businesses

01 December 2017
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The new Engineering building on the Newmarket Campus

The University of Auckland works with businesses in a number of exciting ways, offering research expertise and facilities – people and “kit” – to improve business growth, efficiency and future-proofing. From research consulting to joint-supervision of doctoral research, to research collaboration, linking University specialists to business experience can help solve real-world problems.

Not sure where to start? UniServices can help link you to relevant researchers or for some sectors, there are specific programmes to consider. For example, the Innovative Manufacturing and Materials Programme provides a single point of contact to over 100 researchers in almost 40 different areas.

“As a comprehensive university we have a unique ability to integrate and leverage multidisciplinary expertise from across a really wide scope. The ability access key knowledge to solve a particular problem and pull together a talented team to feed into complex decision making is a real strength of the University. The creation of positive change and value to New Zealand industry beyond academia using this capability is a key focus for our research strategy.“

Locating a business or team near (or potentially within) one of the University’s campuses facilitates collaboration, and ensures that business is up-to-date with cutting edge research and can enjoy direct access to University experts and a range of specialist equipment.

The Newmarket Innovation Precinct works closely with businesses, offering the research capability and expertise in engineering and smart manufacturing. They host a number of research centres including the Centre for Advanced Composite Materials and the New Zealand Product Accelerator.


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Professor Nicolas Smith
Dean, Faculty of Engineering

Reproduced with permission from the National Business Review (NBR), Working with businesses from NBR RADAR, published Friday 1 December 2017.