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Alumni Recognition Dinner Event 2017You're invited to our annual Alumni Recognition Dinner event, on Saturday 27th May 2017. Please join us on this special evening to catch up with old class mates, reflect on old times, network for future opportunities and celebrate your journey. Ticket include a delicious buffet dinner, welcome drink and entertainment by DJ Sonal.  Book at https://www.iticket.co.nz/events/2017/may/alumni-recognition-dinner  or phone (09) 361 1000.  We look forward to seeing you there.  All other enquiries, please contact Teo Lorigan, Alumni & Student Events Coordinator 815 1717 ext 836 or email 
China Alumni EventAIS hosted its 2nd Chinese Alumni event in Beijing recently. The event was a huge success attended by more than 80 former students and VIP guests from both NZ and China. Special thank you to our VIP guests, John and Janet Wood, Rachel Honeycombe and Max Li of AIS office NZ and Ms May Song, AIS office Beijing. See more photos here.. 
Opera In the AtriumWhat a fabulous evening organised by our student-led hospitality team of Alisi Fifita  and carefully supervised by Anne Lawson.  It was truly an amazing evening graced by opera singers Ana Fifita and John Paul followed by some cultural Tongan performers. Thank you kindly to Tanoa Hotel Group for their generous sponsorship.  See more photos here..  http://www.tanoahotels.com/  
 
Fun Day Student Council have organised their first event of this Semester with an Inter-program games event called "the Hunger Games".  This will be held on Friday 16th December from 9am - 12pm followed by the annual Christmas BBQ. This is a free event for our current students only with all games equipment provided. 
Alice Kaufusi, Valedictory Address 
Alice gave a very touching speech to her fellow graduates, lecturers, family and friends at our recent Graduation ceremony.  Alice praised "AIS for helping develop her confidence to share her passion with the world.  Although, the graduates would be going their own separate ways, there will always be that connection and that is the journey they have experienced at AIS.  So let's go out and start making new experiences."  Thank you Alice and we wish you luck. See more photos here.. 
Student Careers Centre
We're here to support and assist you with Alumni, Student Events, Employment, Internships and Career Advisory.  Don’t hesitate to make an appointment with one of our career specialists, located at the St Helens Campus:  815 1717 : Alarna Asher, Industry Placement Manager ext. 821 / alarnaa@ais.ac.nz or Ashley Brown, Student Careers Centre Supervisor ext 824 /  studentcareers@ais.ac.nz 
For all Alumni events and newsletters stay connected via Facebook,  LinkedIn or email teo, Alumni & Student Events Coordinator, ext 836
Welcome Professor Robert Davis, Academic Head, Business ProgrammeRobert has a PhD from the University of Auckland Business School and is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Institute of Marketing (UK).  Robert's philosophy for business was developed by his close colleague and friend Mihaere Emery (Ngati Awa, Tuhoe, Ngati Maniapoto, Tainui, Ngati Raukawa):
Ma Te Matauranga Ka Mohio. Ma Te Mohio Ka Tutuki
With Knowledge Comes Understanding. With Understanding Comes Application..
Robert has an international reputation for excellence in the area of branding, service marketing, advertising communication and retail in the digital space. His career has spanned executive positions at IBM, consulting with drrobertdavis.com and senior academic appointments at the University of Auckland Business School, Manukau Institute of Technology and Unitec. 
 
Research publications in international ranked journals have included works in both advanced qualitative and quantitative methods, resulting in seminal publications with 24 ranked journal publications (3 A* and 7 A by Australasian Business Deans Council Rankings 2016) including 36 conference publications and one of the first research-based published books on social media branding (USA). Publications have appeared in scholarly international journals such as Marketing Science, Journal of Service Research, Journal of Retailing and Consumer Services, Communications of the ACM and Journal of Information Technology among others. 
 
Robert has over 20 years’ experience leading and teaching undergraduate and postgraduate marketing courses, including the supervision of over 20 Masters Theses and 7 local and international PhDs in various capacities. Pro-active engagement in relevant academic leadership and external service has included holding the position of Associate Professor, Head of Department, Programme Leader as well as serving on numerous international journals and academic boards. Robert has also led programme development work up to postgraduate level and he is on the editorial boards of Internet Research and the Journal of Marketing Communications.

Interestingly, Robert has returned to AIS, 20 something years later.  “When I started my PhD, AIS gave me some part-time teaching which I was grateful for as it helped fund my PhD proposal.” 

Business Programme Name Change
AIS Now Deliver the Bachelor of Business and Graduate Diploma in Business
The New Zealand Qualifications Authority has approved a name change of the following programmes with effect from 22 November 2016:  
 
Old Programme Name New Programme Name
Bachelor of International Business Bachelor of Business
Bachelor of International Business (Accounting) Bachelor of Business (Accounting)
Bachelor of International Business (Management) Bachelor of Business (Management)
Bachelor of International Business (Marketing) Bachelor of Business (Marketing)
Graduate Diploma in International Business Graduate Diploma in Business
 
We are happy to advise that CPA Australia have accredited the AIS Bachelor of Business (Accounting).  Through professional accreditation, CPA Australia recognises higher education award based programs that meet the knowledge requirements for Associate membership and CPA Program professional level commencement.

Academic Head of Business Programmes Professor Robert Davis said that “this is a very important step in the evolution of AIS in Business. Namely, it puts us at a level playing field with many Universities and Polytechnics in New Zealand delivering the Bachelor of Business and Graduate Diploma in Business.  An exciting new platform to base other planned developments to enhance existing learning quality and outcomes.”

Developments in the Bachelor of Business and Graduate Diploma in Business include a greater focus on the learners Applied Pathway through our programmes towards their future career. Also, new Industry Practice courses allow industry and our learners to be co-creative to the application of knowledge.  

Wishing you all a Safe and Merry Christmas  

The Student Careers Centre will be closed from Monday 26th December to Tuesday 3rd January.  We will be available from Wednesday 4th January 2017.  Here's wishing you the gift of friendship surround you with cheer and the warmth of Christmas be with you all  year.. Thank you for being a part of our family.  


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