4 Te Kura Umanga | UC Business School Tīpako At the core of the new strategy are connection, engagement, inclusion and impact. The School’s Executive Dean, Professor Paul Ballantine says, “We are wanting to ensure relevance for tomorrow’s business world. More and more, our focus is on how we work in support of what business does and needs; getting their input in terms of what we teach and ensuring what we research is of interest and useful to people.” Shaped by an advisory board of stakeholders, the Business School’s strategic direction is heavily driven to deliver overall richer student experiences that combine knowledge (a university’s specialty) with greater employability factors such as soft skills, life experiences and bi-culturalism. “The degree is a big part of the reason you go to university. But it’s all that other opportunities we provide that also help make you who you are,” says Ballantine. “Thinking back to my own university days, people would obsess over GPAs. But this is not the only focus for employers nowadays. Yes, they want to know someone has a degree, but also what else that person has done. And we’ve heard that echoed from a huge number of employers.” In a fast-changing, global environment, the Business School's focus is on accessible, flexible, future focused education, delivering research that has impact, and is highly connected with business and society. CHANGE, GROWTH& LEARNING: OUR FULL CIRCLE FOCUS ON THE FUTURE In 2021, Te Kura Umanga | UC Business School became a standalone academic unit within the University. With a new structure and strategy freshly set, the Business School continues to broaden its impact on industry and society.