Ara Institute Of Canterbury To Play A Key Role In A New $15 Million Plan To Train Future Engineers

A recently-announced MBIE-funded research project led by
Dr. Rod Badcock of Victoria University has designated Ara,
along with Manukau Institute of Technology, as the lead in
ensuring that diploma and technology degree students gain
the expertise needed to work with futuristic electric
vehicle technologies.

The project, helmed by Te
Herenga Waka-Victoria University of Wellington’s Robinson
Research Institute under the Strategic Science Investment
Fund – Advanced Energy Technology Platform – is a
collaboration between local and international tertiary
institutions and industry to develop high-power electric
motors for large-scale transport systems including trains
and aircraft, and to train those who will develop and
maintain these new technologies.

The effort is timely;
with New Zealand hosting the UN SDG’s Summit series next
year, the country is primed to begin tackling the
environmental problems posed by the transportation
industry’s overwhelming reliance

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