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

International Study Abroad

Hosted Education Programme

New Zealand is beautiful country with some significant challenges as our spectacular environment has been significantly influenced by the volatile forces of nature.  One of our past Prime Ministers (Sir Geoffrey Palmer) made the following statement about NZ which provides a good context; Sometimes it does us a power of good to remind ourselves that we live on two volcanic rocks where two tectonic plates meet, in a somewhat lonely stretch of windswept ocean just above the Roaring Forties. If you want drama – you’ve come to the right place.”  Christchurch is a wonderful First World city, parts of which were devastated by the 2010 – 2011 earthquakes, but which has now become an internationally unique educational laboratory with opportunities to learn about the key tenets of emergency management, including the one most often overlooked, that being recovery, as our community rebuilds with the aim of becoming a leading 21st century community. 

The University of Canterbury through the Centre for Risk, Resilience & Renewal is now offering a unique study abroad hosted education opportunity  focused on supporting institutions who have their own emergency management programme, but who would like to add significant value to it.  Our programme has strong links with central and local government agencies who can provide support in key areas making the opportunities to provide relevance and value substantial. 

Our educational programmes combine world class academic and experiential learning components and can be anything from one day to multiple weeks. Previous events we have hosted include visits by key staff from overseas institutions wishing to learn from the experiences we have had and the knowledge gained over the last three years, through to full academic programmes which provide in-depth targeted training along with opportunities to meet and interact with a wide range of people from organisations and institutions relevant to the course participants needs. Another feature is the possible inclusion of a one day component of our unique CHCH101 Rebuilding Christchurch course where students critically examine the concept of community engagement by integrating academic content with field experience in the post-earthquake City. This provides students with an overview of how many different fields are contributing to our understanding of response and mitigation of earthquake hazards in the Christchurch area.

UCR3 offers a full airport to airport package which, along with a fully tailored academic programme, can include ground transportation, accommodation and experiential learning opportunities such as applied leadership training. Post event follow up and reporting is provided as required.

As part of our hosted education solutions we can cater for overseas universities and other academic institutions to provide once in a lifetime study visits, reflecting on the response and recovery of a First World City which is now facing the decades long renewal programme following the 2010 - 2011 Canterbury earthquake sequence. Students get to hear from an impressive range of highly qualified academics and practitioners, whilst earning academic credit and building lifelong professional networks - an excellent opportunity to enhance student international mobility programmes. Assessment to gain academic credit can be managed by the home institution or UCR3 or as negotiated.

For more information, please contact;


Chris Hawker
Director, Centre for Risk, Resilience & Renewal
Principal University Incident Controller
DDI: +64 3 369 3556
Extn: 93556
Mobile: +64 27 522 8916


Programme Brochure

AHA Centre Executive Development Course Case Study
Christchurch City Post Earthquake Video Welcome
Christchurch CBD Recovery Plan Video
Christchurch City's Recovery Strategy
Welcome to the University of Canterbury


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