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The conflict of ideas: Radical change at Lincoln University

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The conflict of ideas: Radical change at Lincoln University

7/02/2018 9:30:00 a.m.


The recent Transformation Board report into Lincoln University set a high bar for the institution to achieve - a globally ranked top five agriculture university and a top five university in New Zealand.
 
Many might wonder how we intend to realise this lofty ambition. After all, the report, while insightful about the issues Lincoln faces, offers few specific solutions by which the goal will be achieved.
 
It is clear, however, that nothing short of radical structural change would be sufficient. My team and I have embarked on significant and ongoing change, which we believe will in time place Lincoln University in the top academic ranks, domestically and internationally.
 
Lincoln will no longer be a stand-alone traditional university. It is being reorganised and repurposed to become an enabler of collaborative initiatives involving multiple parties and various academic fields of study. The target: help solve the "Grand Challenges" of the land-based sector.
 
By grand challenges, I mean sustainable food production, more efficient land use, restoring and protecting water sources, and fortifying the resilience of New Zealand's eco-systems. These issues are global challenges and when addressed will place Lincoln at the forefront of both academic endeavour and real-world problem resolution.
 
At the heart of Lincoln's small revolution is the collaborative network involving the University's academics and students, researchers from the Crown Research Institutes (CRIs) and sector organisations, academics from other tertiary institutions, here and overseas, and, in time, more private sector companies.
 
Substantive collaboration is already underway and is underpinned by the harmonised self-interest of each party to make the arrangements work.
 
All parties have to do research; universities to build reputation and CRIs to generate revenue. These motivations do not preclude cooperation and in fact the different strengths of each partner enhance the capability of the overall collaborative network.
 
The value for students, studying cheek by jowl with New Zealand's finest scientists, industry researchers and academics, is likewise enhanced and will drive enrolments, the lifeblood of tertiary institutions.
 
The new structure is based around "Disciplines and Initiatives". The collaboration between the different parties will be organised around the initiatives, so the learning is results-based and delivers value to all participants.
 
Each initiative will have a specific timeframe, perhaps four-to-eight years, ensuring the constant refreshment and relevance of Lincoln's academic programmes and the ongoing delivery of value to students, partners and investors.
 
The process of defining the disciplines and setting the initiatives is already underway. Criteria have been internally established and are next being consulted on with the CRIs and other partners. Partners will contribute members to an advisory board, which will finalise the criteria for the disciplines and initiatives and implement them.
 
We're looking to get multiple initiatives up and running early in 2018 and we will develop and populate the other initiatives as we grow and substantiate the success of the new multidisciplinary, multi-institutional model.
 
Collaboration has been ongoing for many years, more so since 2012, but on an ad-hoc basis. What we're doing now is systemising it at an institutional level.
 
Lincoln already has a programme that illustrates what the initiative programme will look like: The Biological Protection Research Centre, funded through the Tertiary Education Commission.
 
The centre is a result-focused, highly collaborative project involving researchers from the CRIs, other universities and elsewhere who are working alongside Lincoln lecturers and students to discover and resolve biological protection issues for New Zealand.
 
It's a nationally important project and shows how Lincoln will operate in the coming years to deliver nationally and internationally important research and innovative solutions to the issues facing the land-based sectors around the world.
 
I have already committed more than $1 million this year to a recruitment drive to attract international researchers to head Lincoln's initiatives projects.
 
We will be bringing in the best we can attract from around the world, and we are agnostic in our approach. For instance, if one of our initiatives involves water quality and restoration involving students, educators and researchers, it may make sense to increase our capability by bringing in a leader from Massey University.
 
Whoever is best equipped to do the job is welcome at Lincoln, both for education and research.
 
The model is a radical change from the traditional university model but it is the right model for a new era in tertiary education and to meet the modern challenges facing the land-based sector.
ADDMAJ - Lincoln Bachelor Degree Additional Majors
BAFM - Bachelor of Agribusiness and Food Marketing
BAG - Bachelor of Agriculture
BAGSCI - Bachelor of Agricultural Science
BCom - Bachelor of Commerce
bcomag - Bachelor of Commerce (Agriculture)
BComAgPACC - Bachelor of Commerce (Agriculture and Professional Accounting)
BEM - Bachelor of Environmental Management
BEPP - Bachelor of Environmental Policy and Planning (Honours)
BES - Bachelor of Environment and Society
BLA - Bachelor of Landscape Architecture
BLAGrad - Bachelor of Landscape Architecture (Graduate Entry)
BLPM - Bachelor of Land and Property Management
BSc - Bachelor of Science
BSCFS - Bachelor of Science Food Science
BSRM - Bachelor of Sport and Recreation Management
BTM - Bachelor of Tourism Management
BVO - Bachelor of Viticulture and Oenology
CoP - Certificate of Proficiency
CUS - Certificate in University Studies
DipAg - Diploma in Agriculture
DipApplSc - Diploma in Applied Science
dipcom - Diploma in Commerce
DipHort - Diploma in Horticulture
DipNatRes - Diploma in Natural Resources
DipOAFP - Diploma in Organic Agri-Food Production
DUS - Diploma in University Studies
farmmgt - Diploma in Farm Management
hortmgt - Diploma in Horticultural Management
ELS - English Language
GCAcadEng - Graduate Certificate in Academic English
GCApplSc - Graduate Certificate in Applied Science
GCBS - Graduate Certificate in Business and Sustainability
GCCom - Graduate Certificate in Commerce
GCLS - Graduate Certificate in Landscape Studies
GCRM - Graduate Certificate in Recreation Management
GCRS - Graduate Certificate in Resource Studies
GCTourMgt - Graduate Certificate in Tourism Management
GDApplSc - Graduate Diploma in Applied Science
GDBS - Graduate Diploma in Business and Sustainability
GDCom - Graduate Diploma in Commerce
GDLS - Graduate Diploma in Landscape Studies
GDPropMgt - Graduate Diploma in Property Management
GDRM - Graduate Diploma in Recreation Management
GDRS - Graduate Diploma in Resource Studies
GDTourMgt - Graduate Diploma in Tourism Management
GDVO - Graduate Diploma in Viticulture and Oenology
GradDipVal - Graduate Diploma in Valuation
BAgrScHons - Bachelor of Agricultural Science with Honours
BCom(H) - Bachelor of Commerce with Honours
BEM(Hons) - Bachelor of Environmental Management with Honours
BEPPHons - Bachelor of Environmental Policy and Planning with Honours
BES (Hons) - Bachelor of Environment and Society with Honours
BLA(H) - Bachelor of Landscape Architecture with Honours
BSc(H) - Bachelor of Science with Honours
BSRM(Hons) - Bachelor of Sport and Recreation Management with Honours
BTM(Hons) - Bachelor of Tourism Management with Honours
BVO(Hons) - Bachelor of Viticulture and Oenology (Honours)
PhD - Doctor of Philosophy
PCApplSc - Postgraduate Certificate in Applied Science
PCCom - Postgraduate Certificate in Commerce
PCEnvMgmt - Postgraduate Certificate in Environmental Management
PCInform - Postgraduate Certificate in Informatics
PCIRD - Postgraduate Certificate in International Rural Development
PCLAS - Postgraduate Certificate in Land and Society
PCLS - Postgraduate Certificate in Landscape Studies
PCPRT - Postgraduate Certificate in Parks, Recreation and Tourism
PDAgSc - Postgraduate Diploma in Agricultural Science
PDAppSc - Postgraduate Diploma in Applied Science
PDCom - Postgraduate Diploma in Commerce
PDEnvMgmt - Postgraduate Diploma in Environmental Management
PDHortSc - Postgraduate Diploma in Horticultural Science
PDInform - Postgraduate Diploma in Informatics
PDIRD - Postgraduate Diploma in International Rural Development
PDLAS - Postgraduate Diploma in Land and Society
PDLS - Postgraduate Diploma in Landscape Studies
PDPRT - Postgraduate Diploma in Parks, Recreation and Tourism
PDWRM - Postgraduate Diploma in Water Resource Management
PGDip (DRR) - Postgraduate Diploma in Disaster Risk and Resilience
MAgrSc - Master of Agricultural Science
MAppSc - Master of Applied Science
MCM - Master of Commerce and Management
MCm(A) - Master of Commerce (Agricultural)
MHSc - Master of Horticultural Science
MLA Research - Master of Landscape Architecture (Research)
MNRMEE - Master of Natural Resources Management and Ecological Engineering
MSc - Master of Science
MWRM - Master of Water Resource Management
mbusfinance - Master of Business (Finance)
MBusGMM - Master of Business (Global Management and Marketing)
MDDR - Master of Disaster Risk and Resilience
MEPM - Master of Environmental Policy and Management
MIRD - Master of International Rural Development
MLA Taught - Master of Landscape Architecture (Taught)
MMgmtAgrib - Master of Management in Agribusiness
MMgtAgrSys - Master of Management in Agricultural Systems
MPA (CPA) - Master of Professional Accounting (CPA)
MPlan - Master of Planning
MScFI - Master of Science in Food Innovation
MSRM - Master of Sport and Recreation Management
MTM - Master of Tourism Management
Lincoln University website redevelopment project 2014
Developers
Nick Goodey - C# back end and SharePoint Developer
Star Chen - Web Developer
Karaitiana Taiuru - Web Developer SharePoint administrator
Ting Wu - Front end Developer
Managers
Jeremy Baker - Senior managment
Tafflyn Bradford-James Marketing director
Richard Corby - Project manager
Suppliers
Pikselin - primary partner, web designers, UX design