Dr Tom Hartley, senior lecturer at EIT’s School of Computing, is in the process of developing an International Student Business Hub (ISBH).
Expecting to roll out in August this year, the programme plans to support our local international business community by connecting them with EIT’s bright international business and computing students from around the world.
This programme will be of great benefit to EIT’s international students through the unique opportunity to contribute to the community, make a positive input to New Zealand’s economy and enhance the country’s global connections. The ISBH will be a student-run organisation under Tom’s leadership similar to the well-known Glitch programme in the School of Computing.
Tom believes that students helping local businesses with marketing, finance, business planning, software development, research, and other services will help EIT connect with our local business community.
Sabine Hoffmann, Head of School for both Business and Computing, says, “Engaging with EIT’s highly-skilled international students will enable local businesses to connect to the world and be competitive nationally and internationally.”
Tom will be working along with Associate Professor Jonathan Sibley and others on a research project to investigate the advantages that the programme will provide for our international students and how the programme could link our domestic businesses with international commerce.