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University’s emphasis on learning by doing recognised on Best Maker School list

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13 September 2021

The University of Auckland has been named by Newsweek as one of the world’s Best Maker Schools, alongside prestigious universities like Harvard, Cambridge, Yale and MIT.

The Newsweek list highlights institutions with innovative programmes that encourage learning by doing, and demonstrate the ingenuity and community engagement that are hallmarks of the maker movement. The world-wide movement champions experimentation and technology enablement. The editor of Newsweek stated that the intention for the list is that it would be a useful resource for potential students and prospective employers looking for candidates with 21st Century skills.

Newsweek’s non-ranked list was generated by recommendations through a survey, in collaboration with an international community of educators, administrators, students and maker leaders.

Resources such as Unleash Space, a state-of-the-art innovation and entrepreneurship hub promoting interdisciplinary collaboration, administered by the University of Auckland Business School’s Centre for Innovation and Entrepreneurship, confirm the University’s ongoing commitment to maker spaces.

Established in 2018 at a cost of $9.6 million, largely raised through philanthropy, Unleash Space is free to all staff and students regardless of their area of study.  Over 4,000 individuals have used the space, which is fully equipped with 3D printers, laser cutters, CNC routers, Arduino electronics, to name a few. Thousands more participants have taken part in wider innovation hub opportunities.

For staff or students unable to visit campus Unleash Space On Demand offers online tutorials that cover everything from design software to project planning.

The University also has a number of other sites for making that are discipline specific such as the new Design School Maker Space and the Creative Design and Additive Manufacturing Lab at the Newmarket Innovation Precinct, where they are able to 3D print food stuffs and also recently added a bioprinter to their equipment, giving the potential to fabricate 3D flesh.

Being recognised as one of the world’s Best Maker Schools builds on a strong record of achievement for the University. The Centre for Innovation and Entrepreneurship recently received the top educational prize at the International Council for Small Businesses’ 65th world congress, and the University of Auckland was named as the 2020 Entrepreneurial University of the Year.

Take a tour of Unleash Space.

University of Auckland wins international award for entrepreneurship education
University of Auckland wins international award for entrepreneurship education

social media

13 September 2021

The University of Auckland has been named by Newsweek as one of the world’s Best Maker Schools, alongside prestigious universities like Harvard, Cambridge, Yale and MIT.

The Newsweek list highlights institutions with innovative programmes that encourage learning by doing, and demonstrate the ingenuity and community engagement that are hallmarks of the maker movement. The world-wide movement champions experimentation and technology enablement. The editor of Newsweek stated that the intention for the list is that it would be a useful resource for potential students and prospective employers looking for candidates with 21st Century skills.

Newsweek’s non-ranked list was generated by recommendations through a survey, in collaboration with an international community of educators, administrators, students and maker leaders.

Resources such as Unleash Space, a state-of-the-art innovation and entrepreneurship hub promoting interdisciplinary collaboration, administered by the University of Auckland Business School’s Centre for Innovation and Entrepreneurship, confirm the University’s ongoing commitment to maker spaces.

Established in 2018 at a cost of $9.6 million, largely raised through philanthropy, Unleash Space is free to all staff and students regardless of their area of study.  Over 4,000 individuals have used the space, which is fully equipped with 3D printers, laser cutters, CNC routers, Arduino electronics, to name a few. Thousands more participants have taken part in wider innovation hub opportunities.

For staff or students unable to visit campus Unleash Space On Demand offers online tutorials that cover everything from design software to project planning.

The University also has a number of other sites for making that are discipline specific such as the new Design School Maker Space and the Creative Design and Additive Manufacturing Lab at the Newmarket Innovation Precinct, where they are able to 3D print food stuffs and also recently added a bioprinter to their equipment, giving the potential to fabricate 3D flesh.

Being recognised as one of the world’s Best Maker Schools builds on a strong record of achievement for the University. The Centre for Innovation and Entrepreneurship recently received the top educational prize at the International Council for Small Businesses’ 65th world congress, and the University of Auckland was named as the 2020 Entrepreneurial University of the Year.

Take a tour of Unleash Space.


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