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Class of 2016 celebrate Autumn Graduation

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Researchers, scientists, business development managers and company directors are among the latest cohort to graduate with a Master of Commercialisation and Entrepreneurship.

Twenty-one graduates were capped at the University of Auckland Autumn Graduation ceremony on 9 May after completing the programme part-time over 18 months.

Victor Dieriks, a Research Fellow at the University’s Department of Anatomy and Medical Imaging and the Centre for Brain Research, spoke on behalf of his class at the evening function.

He said the academics and guest speakers were an inspiration to learn from as they shared their hands-on experience in innovation, commercialisation and entrepreneurship.

“We don’t have a story to tell about a big venture we’ve launched yet but I’m quite sure in a couple of years we’ll be standing here talking about all the ventures we’ve started and all the great things we’ve done.”

The programme’s Academic Director Kenneth Husted congratulated the class and acknowledged their dedication and passion.

“Most of you signed up for this degree because you have some passion for research, commercialisation, innovation or entrepreneurship and I’m sure it was that passion that got you through the programme when the workload got heavy and you had to put in extra hours.

“There are plenty of studies documenting that passion is one of the most important factors to create success, so I strongly encourage you to keep up this passion.

“The more you apply to models, tools and practises you’ve learnt during the programme, the better you will become. This is really just the beginning of your journey.”

The Master of Commercialisation and Entrepreneurship provides core knowledge and skills needed to commercialise and take to market new products, services and processes based on research discoveries, inventions and new ideas.

It is taught on a part-time basis and can be successfully completed while working with courses delivered fortnightly on Fridays (3-7pm) and Saturdays (9am-12noon).

Class of 2016 celebrate Autumn Graduation
Class of 2016 celebrate Autumn Graduation

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Researchers, scientists, business development managers and company directors are among the latest cohort to graduate with a Master of Commercialisation and Entrepreneurship.

Twenty-one graduates were capped at the University of Auckland Autumn Graduation ceremony on 9 May after completing the programme part-time over 18 months.

Victor Dieriks, a Research Fellow at the University’s Department of Anatomy and Medical Imaging and the Centre for Brain Research, spoke on behalf of his class at the evening function.

He said the academics and guest speakers were an inspiration to learn from as they shared their hands-on experience in innovation, commercialisation and entrepreneurship.

“We don’t have a story to tell about a big venture we’ve launched yet but I’m quite sure in a couple of years we’ll be standing here talking about all the ventures we’ve started and all the great things we’ve done.”

The programme’s Academic Director Kenneth Husted congratulated the class and acknowledged their dedication and passion.

“Most of you signed up for this degree because you have some passion for research, commercialisation, innovation or entrepreneurship and I’m sure it was that passion that got you through the programme when the workload got heavy and you had to put in extra hours.

“There are plenty of studies documenting that passion is one of the most important factors to create success, so I strongly encourage you to keep up this passion.

“The more you apply to models, tools and practises you’ve learnt during the programme, the better you will become. This is really just the beginning of your journey.”

The Master of Commercialisation and Entrepreneurship provides core knowledge and skills needed to commercialise and take to market new products, services and processes based on research discoveries, inventions and new ideas.

It is taught on a part-time basis and can be successfully completed while working with courses delivered fortnightly on Fridays (3-7pm) and Saturdays (9am-12noon).


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