The representative body for New Zealand’s eight universities.
The New Zealand Vice-Chancellors' Committee website.
University Commercialisation Offices of New Zealand (UCONZ) - was formed in 2005 to bring together the commercialisation offices of the country's universities and to establish closer links with commercial research partners.
2008 marked the 20th anniversary of the establishment of a university commercialisation company - the University of Auckland's UniServices. The event was marked by the release of the booklet "University research commercialisation: paying dividends for New Zealand".
In 2010 the eight universities commenced a programme to further enhance their working relationships with the business sector by running a project dedicated to creating stronger university-business partnerships. The project had the aim of allowing better access to the wealth of untapped research and consultancy services provided by universities around the country.
A total of fourteen events were held. They were designed to promote university research capabilities for industries such as food, biotech, infrastructure, ICT and high tech manufacturing, while providing a platform for feedback from the business sector. The initiative was been made possible by funding from the Tertiary Education Commission and was spearheaded by Universities New Zealand, and supported by Business New Zealand and the University Commercialisation Offices of New Zealand (UCONZ). The first event took place in Auckland on 18 May 2010 with a focus on the health sector and the programme concluded with an ICT event in September 2011.
Due to the success of the programme, in late 2011 the universities agreed to continue the programme, in a reduced format, with eight events scheduled over a two year period. The first of these events wasbe based around an engineering, machinery and electronics exhibition held in Auckland in May 2012.