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Issue 378| 8 May 2015 | Previous Issues

A personal message from the Dean

The 2015 process for promotion to professor is underway and the deadline for applications is Wednesday 15 July. I strongly encourage those who are considering applying for promotion to meet with me before submitting an application.

Unfortunately, I will be overseas for the first half of July so it is important that you meet with me as soon as possible and well before the end of May.

The Vice Chancellor has just announced the Strategic Development Fund round with a deadline of 19 June. These are submitted via the Dean’s office so I would kindly request that you send your application to Salome earlier than the deadline so we have time to process them.

Please don’t leave it till 5pm on the 18 June. I would be most grateful if you could signal to Salome, your early intention to submit so we have an understanding of the field and how they can best be aligned to the University's and Faculty’s strategic plan.

The latest QS World Rankings has placed the University of Auckland in the top 100 universities in the world (92) and in the disciplines of Medicine, Biological Sciences and Pharmacy and Pharmacology. 

In each of these subject areas, Auckland falls just outside the top 50 Universities and we are the only New Zealand University to make it into the top 100. 

The QS ranking system uses measures of academic reputation, employer reputation, citations per paper and H-index citations to provide an overall score. Irrespective of whether you agree or disagree with the value of the global ranking of universities, international students take them seriously in making choices of where to study.

Interestingly, QS now also ranks the best student cities in the world and Auckland is listed at number 22 and Melbourne and Sydney are 2 and 4 respectively.



John Fraser, PhD, FRSNZ

Dean, Faculty of Medical and Health Sciences

The University of Auckland


Autumn Graduation salutes 794 graduands from our faculty

Image of Professor John Fraser (Dean, Faculty of Medical and Health Sciences)
Professor John Fraser (Dean, Faculty of Medical and Health Sciences)

Graduation is one of the biggest highlights of our year for both students and our staff here at the faculty.

Our Autumn Graduation, held on Wednesday 6 May, was a fabulous event and I felt honoured to be part of it.

Our faculty’s ceremonies saw 600 graduands receive their degrees, diplomas or doctorates in person at the Aotea Centre.

A further 194 graduands had their achievements recognised in absentia - making ours the single largest ceremony of the graduation week.

Before the Graduation ceremonies, many of our students joined staff, family and friends to celebrate in the marquee at Old Government House.

Among our graduands on Wednesday were 18 individuals receiving their PhD with another 2 graduands receiving their MD.

Congratulations to all those who graduated on Wednesday (all your hard work has paid off!).

I would like to also give my thanks and appreciation to all staff that attended and assisted with this highlight day of our year.

Image of Morning tea at the marquee
Image of Morning tea at the marquee
Optometry graduands
Image of School of Pharmacy graduating class

Auckland Brain Bee Champion advances to international final

Image of Nicholas Kondal
Nicholas Kondal

Congratulations to Nicholas Kondal (Massey High School student) who will take part in the International Brain Bee at Cairns, Australia in August.

Nicholas, aged 16, won the North Island Brain Bee (held at the University of Auckland’s Faculty of Medical and Health Sciences) last July, and became the New Zealand Champion in April this year when he competed in the Australasian Brain Bee competition in Perth and came second. Read more