FAQs - Centre for Risk, Resilience & Renewal - University of Canterbury - New Zealand


What is UCR3?

UCR3 stands for the University of Canterbury Centre for Risk, Resilience and Renewal. It is pan-university centre hosted in the College of Science.

What does UCR3 do?

UCR3 provides university level academic education and professional development short courses, hosted education solutions, research, and consultancy services across a wide range of public safety and disaster management disciplines.

How do UCR3 programmes differ from existing professional development courses?

Many of the operational skills required for emergency management are applied in nature and this is reflected in their respective unit standards and qualifications sitting at or below level 6 on the New Zealand Qualifications Framework. UCR3 professional courses are pitched to the mid- and senior-level professional and are grounded in research rich content at the graduate level (level 7 and above). The importance of applied training remains and existing providers fill the niche for lower level industry training.

Does UCR3 offer unit standards?

No. As a university, we deliver education at the graduate level. Completion of UCR3 courses may provide evidence to support a Recognition of Current Competency assessment offered by NZQA accredited organisations, such as EMQUAL.

Can I receive academic credit toward University of Canterbury qualifications?

Some UCR3 professional development short courses that have formal assessment requirements may be able to be used as credit toward the new Graduate Certificate in Public Safety (available from 2015). For further information contact Steve Glassey.

Who are the faculty?

We have internationally renown Professors as part of our faculty, from leading seismologists, geologists, lawyers, engineers, psychologists and many more. With access to over 700 academic staff and our international network of affiliates, our programmes are presented by a range of experts.

Are your professional development short courses subsidised?

No. These courses are not subsidised by the Tertiary Education Commission. Therefore, the fees be set at market rates. As one of the top 250 universities in the world, we pride ourselves on providing a quality, research rich, dynamic learning experience and quality does come at a cost.

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