Our world is changing. We need new ways of thinking and learning. We need to solve the future challenges, without ever forgetting the importance of people.
A New Zealand education is uniquely designed to help you reach your full potential – whatever tomorrow brings.
“Kaitiakitanga”: Caring for people and place
In New Zealand, we talk about “kaitiakitanga” - caring for people and place.
The concept of “Kaitiakitanga” involves respect, protection and shelter of the environment and the preservation of traditional knowledge for the benefit of future generations.


Experience what it is like to be part of a class in New Zealand by participating for free in the Latam Masterclasses event, aimed at students who want to learn more about a New Zealand education.
The event will run from May 3 to 6, 2021, will offer you an overview of how the education system works in New Zealand, and how it can prepare you for future challenges.
During these four days, you will be able to participate in a series of classes (20 minutes long), with teachers who will showcase why students from all over the world choose New Zealand as the country that will give them the skills and education to be ready for the future.
Addressing different topics, these showcase classes will be an excellent opportunity to understand why New Zealand is recognised as the best english speaking country in the world for preparing students for the future.
Participate to be ready for tomorrow!
Classes will have simultaneous translation into Portuguese and Spanish and participation is free.

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Because New Zealand is progressive and never stops learning.


New Zealand's practical and collaborative learning style provides the skills and knowledge for a successful future. You will grow as a person, and realize your potential in our diverse and welcoming educational system.
You will learn to think critically, unleash your creativity, work well with others, and develop the real-world skills needed for a rapidly changing future.
All of our eight universities are ranked in the top 3% in the world by QS World University Rankings.


Tuesday 4 May 8am NZT / Monday 3 May
3pm Colombia, Mexico, Peru, Ecuador
4PM Chile
5pm  Argentina, Brazil

Virtual Reality Technology in education: immersive experiential learning about sustainability and climate change

Christian Schott

Associate Professor Sustainable Tourism Management and Chair of the PRME at WSBG Steering Committee Victoria University of Wellington The class starts by critically examining why the way we teach and learn needs to be rethought in the context of the Sustainable Development Goals - we need to be creative in our approaches to sustainability and climate change education in particular as these issues are increasingly urgent and effect the entire planet.  The class will then discuss the concept of Virtual Reality Experiential Education and share two award-winning learning tools; one focused on a town in the Peruvian Andes and one on a remote island in Fiji.
Language of instruction: English

The importance of Global Trade for countries, firms and their leaders

Jens Mueller

Professor of Management Practice Massey University You will understand how managers create effective import/export strategies and select countries in which they are active, for sustainable growth in sales.
Language of instruction: English
Tuesday 4 May  8.30am / Monday 3 May
3:30pm Colombia, Mexico, Peru, Ecuador
4:30 pm Chile
5:30 pm  Argentina, Brazil 

Co-location in tourist destinations: a systematic approach

Douglas Pearce

Emeritus Profesor of Tourism Management Victoria University of Wellington Co-location – the clustering of similar or related activities – is a key characteristic of tourist destinations which gives rise to common patterns in their spatial structure. This masterclass takes a systematic approach to examine why co-location occurs and what implications this has for the development and management of destinations. General principles are illustrated by international examples of coastal and alpine resorts and regions and urban destinations, including some from Latin America.
Language of instruction:English

Entrepreneurship through international immersion

Hugh Bigsby

Dean and Professor, Faculty of Agribusiness and Commerce Lincoln University The Masterclass will look at the experience of the "Agribusiness Summer School" programme facilitated by Prime Minister's Scholarships. The programme takes New Zealand students in-country to learn about food and fibre in a particular context and uses this experience to develop import or export opportunities between New Zealand and the host country. Earlier programmes have gone to Brazil, Indonesia, China, Thailand and South Korea.
Language of instruction: English

Wednesday 5 May 8am NZ / Tuesday 4 May
3pm Colombia, Mexico, Peru, Ecuador
4PM Chile
5pm Argentina, Brazil

Energy and NZ Society

Rosalind Archer

Acting Deputy Dean of Engineering and Director - Geothermal Institute University of Auckland How does NZ achieve 85% of its electrcitiy from renewable energy sources? What government intentions made that possible, and how does today's governement shape our energy future? This presentation will give an overview of the energy sector in NZ and will also address the role of consumers, communities and indigeneous people in the sector.
Language of instruction: English

Information and Communications Technologies: from peripheral to pervasive

Jairo Gutiérrez

Professor of Information Technology Auckland University of Technology The talk will review how during the last 35 years information and communications technologies (ICT) have become an ubiquitous presence in our life. From organisations running isolated computer centres equipped with large and expensive machines and staffed by specialised personal to a world that is hyperconnected, and where ICT-enabled services and products are part of the fabric of society. A few examples of this progress will be discussed with material taken from research carried out with the help of more than 50 postgraduate students.
Language of instruction: Spanish
Wednesday 5 May 8.30am / Tuesday 4 May
3:30pm Colombia, Mexico, Peru, Ecuador
4:30 pm Chile
5:30 pm  Argentina, Brazil

Making Money and Making it Count: The Environmental, Social, and Governance (ESG)Investing Imperative

Jeff Stangl

Director Strategic Partnerships & International Massey University The discussion evaluates social, environmental, a governance (ESG) investing as an emerging investment trend. Additionally, students will learn about job opportunities in the rapidly evolving financial services industry, embracing a new view of sustainability and customer centric outcomes.
Language of instruction: English

The impact of postgraduate engineering research in NZ

Richard Clarke

Associate Dean Postgraduate Research – Engineering University of Auckland This masterclass will discuss some of the different areas where researchers in the Faculty of Engineering at the University of Auckland are working with industry to help NZ continue to thrive and prosper, and how postgraduate research is playing a central role in those efforts.
Language of instruction: English

Thursday 6 May 8am NZ / Wednesday 5 May
3pm Colombia, Mexico, Peru, Ecuador
4PM Chile
5pm  Argentina, Brazil

Global citizenship education after the Covid-19 crisis

Marta Estellés

Postdoctoral Fellow University of Auckland This masterclass will look at the challenges posed by the Covid-19 crisis for global citizenship education and discuss the implications for current global citizenship education models
Language of instruction: English

Digital storytelling in Tertiary Education using ArcGIS StoryMaps

John Lowry & Cadey Corson

Senior Lecturers in School of People, Environment and Planning Massey University Using digital online media to communicate narratives in the social sciences, humanities, and STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) disciplines is increasingly important as employers seek graduates with the ability to effectively communicate information online. ArcGIS StoryMap is an online platform for creating multimedia websites with the unique capability of including interactive maps. The platform is available for free with a Public license. While the Public license doesn’t offer the full capabilities of a paid-for license, it is sufficiently capable of creating creative and engaging digital StoryMaps for student projects. This presentation introduces the StoryMap online platform focusing on how it was used by students in a first-year human geography course to create digital online narratives through a project-based learning activity. The presentation will be of interest to educators in secondary and tertiary education interested in learning more about how ArcGIS StoryMaps can be used as a learning activity in any discipline or subject.
Language of instruction: English
Thursday 6 May 8.30am NZ /Wednesday 5 May
3:30pm Colombia, Mexico, Peru, Ecuador
4:30 pm Chile
5:30 pm Argentina, Brazil

Traditional and Contemporary Synergies: Studying Performing Arts from an indigenous perspective

Moira Fortin

Lecturer in Languages and Cultures University of Otago You will learn how Aotearoa has included traditional indigenous protocols and rituals to the classroom when studying performing arts, and how these protocols and rituals are applied to the production of a contemporary play.
Language of instruction: Spanish

Win - Win: Universities Collaborating with Industry

Yvonne Chan

Director of External Engagement Auckland University of Technology This masterclass will discuss intiatives to encourage collaboartions with industry to enhance the student learning experience and collaboartive research
Language of instruction: English

Friday 7 May 8am NZ / Thursday 6 May
3pm Colombia, Mexico, Peru, Ecuador
4PM Chile
5pm Argentina, Brazil

The world of MSMEs in Aotearoa New Zealand

Tanya Jurado

Lecturer in Entrepreneurship Massey University Insights into the Micro, Small and Medium Sized business environment in Aotearoa New Zealand. An insight into how SMEs operate with some examples, including from Indigenous Māori.
Language of instruction: English/Spanish

The dawn of machine learning for fast and evolving data

Heitor Gomes

Senior Research Fellow (Computer Science) University of Waikato Machine learning algorithms leverage data to mimic intelligent behaviour for specific tasks, varying from detecting anomalies in industrial processes to movie recommendations. Recent technological advances enabled efficient transfer, storage, and process of data. These advances also impacted machine learning algorithms by allowing an ever-growing increase in complexity, which sometimes means increased accuracy. However, to effectively learn from fast data, it is also essential to account for changes that may have catastrophic effects on the machine learning algorithms. For example, an algorithm may signal legit credit card usage as a fraud because the users' behaviour has changed. The reason behind these changes is not accessible to the algorithm, such that it is unable to react to them. For example, a different online credit card usage pattern may be because customers cannot leave their homes... In this talk, I will discuss the impact of such changes and the related research to address (or alleviate) them.
Language of instruction: English/Portuguese
Friday 7 May 8.30am NZ / Thursday 6 May
3:30pm Colombia, Mexico, Peru, Ecuador
4:30 pm Chile
5:30 pm Argentina, Brazil

Research in Design through practice: an overview for Master and PhD students

Marcos Mortensen Steagall

Programme Leader for Communication Design South Campus - Senior Lecturer Auckland University of Technology The lecture covers the introduction to research in design with a practical componente.
Language of instruction: Portuguese

Planning for water sensitive cities

Silvia Serra-Neumann

Associate Professor in Environmental Planning University of Waikato As a vital human need, water has been absolutely critical to decisions as to where cities originate, how much they grow and the standard of living of the inhabitants. The relationship is complex however; we both need continual availability and protection from its potential impacts: either too much or too little can have devastating consequences. This master class covers the topic of water sensitive cities with examples of how urban areas can better manage water resources and re-set the relationship urban residents have with this resource.
Language of instruction: English

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