Our Story - Lincoln University

Lincoln University
Feed the world
Protect the future
Live well
Lincoln University
PO Box 85084
Lincoln 7647
New Zealand
Phone: 03 325 2811
Email: [email protected]
New Zealand’s Specialist
land-based University
The 21st century brings extraordinary opportunity, and
challenge, to humanity.
Opportunity comes in the form of new science and
technologies, and with them vastly more understanding,
appreciation and choice. It comes in the form of greater
connectedness, and greater diversity. Challenge comes in the
form of nine to ten billion humans on planet Earth by 2050,
increased wealth and associated consumption, and resource
depletion, pollution and extinction of whole species.
Now, perhaps more than ever, humans must come to terms
with living on Earth in a manner that respects the planet’s
place, purpose and limits. To do this, we need appropriate
education that is supported by relevant skills, knowledge and
technologies, and we need humility.
For more than 135 years Lincoln University has focused on
improving New Zealand’s land-based knowledge: knowledge
that can be used to tread the fine line between consumption
and environmental integrity. Ours is an eclectic, pragmatic
and inclusive definition of land. When we talk about
‘land-based’ it is more than just what happens behind
the farm, forest or orchard gate. We include all activity
associated with land-based, biologically-driven, food and
fibre industries throughout massive, global value chains. We
include production on the land; processing and refinement
factories; transport, distribution and logistics in global supply
chains; marketing and sales throughout many countries. We
also include all the things that support or make responsible
those value chains, such as valuation, property management
and financing, environmental planning and management,
agribusiness, the design of landscapes and products, and the
cohesion and stability of communities wherever they exist.
We include inspirational interaction between people and the
land, such as conservation, tourism, sport and recreation.
The complexity of Lincoln University’s work doesn’t detract
from our simple goal. Through our education and our research
– and thus through our students, staff and alumni – we want
to help feed the world, protect the future, and live well. This
is our focus.
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Our place in Aotearoa (New Zealand)
Lincoln University was established as the Southern
Hemisphere’s first dedicated agricultural college in 1878.
Based in Canterbury, New Zealand, the institution, which
became a university in 1990, has forged a strong connection
with the land and the productive industries that flow from it.
Since its foundation, Lincoln University has grown and
developed to enjoy a national and international reputation,
both for the quality of teaching and the contribution of
research. But our focus has remained on what we do best:
addressing the critical and complex problems associated with
land-based activities to meet the demands of the market and
the changing needs of society.
Te Waihora Campus
(Lincoln, Canterbury)
Telford Campus
(Balclutha, Otago)
Lincoln University has two campuses
in the South Island of New Zealand.
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In recognition of Lincoln’s specialist focus, the University
was invited to join the Euroleague for Life Sciences (ELLS) in
2013, as an observer. An exclusive, ‘invitation-only’ network
of seven leading European universities established to promote
educational collaboration, the ELLS only includes one
university from any country. Lincoln was admitted alongside
Cornell University in the US, Hebrew University of Jerusalem in
Israel and China Agricultural University.
Lincoln University has also recently been ranked among the
world’s top 500 universities by Quacquarelli Symonds (QS),
and in the top 100 in the field of agriculture and forestry.
In aligning Lincoln University with New Zealand’s key
capabilities, we’ve sought to understand the global challenges
associated with the land that humanity faces, and the
opportunities that arise for New Zealand in addressing them.
We’ve recognised that the world is changing – and not always
in ways we might like.
The international population is ballooning, with the prospect
of a world population reaching 10 billion by the middle of this
century. At the same time, that population is changing, with
growing wealth and a burgeoning middle class in some of the
world’s fastest developing countries. That evolving demand
is putting still greater pressure for resources on an already
stretched environment – one that is simultaneously being
transformed through climate change.
These goals sit alongside a very clear framework established
by our three domains of capability: Agriculture and Life
Sciences; Environment, Society and Design; and Agribusiness
and Commerce. The interplay of these foci will provide the
foundation to contribute to these goals (both in our teaching
programmes and through the quality and focus of our research).
In doing so, the commercial consideration is critical.
Lincoln University sits at an intersection between science
and commercial practice. Our real-world focus is to support
and enhance New Zealand’s and other countries land-based
• Approximately 70% of New Zealand’s merchandise
export revenue comes from the primary sector
Based on our assessment of the critical needs arising from
these global pressures, we’ve established three goals:
• Tourism contributes 15% of New Zealand’s total
export earnings
• Feed the world
• Some of New Zealand’s leading high-tech
industries have their basis in land-based sectors:
agri-tech and bio-tech
• Protect the future
• Live well.
• The land-based sector employs around 20% of
New Zealand’s workforce.
Over 135 years, Lincoln University has established
a rich and strong understanding of the land we
are connected to, the industries we serve, and the
communities we support. And not just for today. Lincoln
University is focused on the strategic challenges of the
future, preparing our students, focusing our research
and supporting land-based businesses to live and
work successfully in the world of tomorrow.
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Our community
Our campuses regularly host national and international
conferences, widening the reach of Lincoln’s facilities and
knowledge sharing.
A growing area of community focus for Lincoln is with iwi. The
Lincoln Whenua strategy identifies ways to work alongside
iwi to build our understanding of the Māori values around
land, and to share Lincoln’s teaching through specific Māori
education programmes. As more land-based assets are
transferred to the Māori community, Lincoln can partner with
iwi to ensure those assets are productive and well-managed,
generating employment, financial returns and a lasting
transformation of the sector.
Greening the rebuild
Providing much needed colour for the residents of
neighbourhoods around Christchurch, Lincoln’s
School of Landscape Architecture has been
extensively involved around the city in a series of
‘greening’ projects. Transforming rubble-strewn sites
into oasis of nature, the student-designed
pocket-parks and green spaces helped locals cope
with the constant changes and stark demolition during
the early phases of the Christchurch rebuild.
As our graduates head out into the work force, they take
Lincoln with them, influencing people, communities and
industry here and overseas. For example, 25% of Nepalese
conservation land is managed by Lincoln graduates, talented,
passionate students who came to learn and who returned to
Nepal to apply their learning in their own country and in their
own way.
Staff at Lincoln work alongside industry across all sectors,
keeping the research and teaching at Lincoln well informed
by industry needs. Lincoln’s professional development
programme – in particular the Kellogg programme – keeps
alumni and industry firmly connected with the University.
Globalisation means we are teaching around the world – and
learning from around the world. Research collaborations
can form link ups across one, two or many institutions with
outcomes and findings shared, and conclusions reached and
applied much faster.
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Lending a hand
Established in 2011, the ‘Lend a Hand’ scheme
– devised by Lincoln University’s Future Leaders
Scholarship students – raises funds for charities and
organisations in need. In 2012, the students’ ‘Shave
to Save’ event, which was supported by professional
rugby players including Richie McCaw, Robbie Fruen,
Michael Hobbs and Antony Boric, raised over $27,000
for Leukaemia and Blood Cancer New Zealand.
Our world
Our aim is to build on Lincoln University’s successful research
platform to do more for New Zealand’s land-based economy
and the society it supports.
We want to work with industry and communities: from teaching
and learning, to joint participation in senior research bids. This
will mean more focus on the things business knows it needs
help with now – and the problems they are yet to address.
A growing area of community focus is Lincoln Whenua.
Working alongside local iwi, we are building and
communicating our understanding of the importance of the
Māori agri-business sector to the economy. As more assets are
transferred to the Māori community, Lincoln University aims
to partner with iwi to ensure those assets are productive and
well managed, generating employment, financial returns and
a lasting transformation of the sector.
We are also increasing our focus on ideas generation and
greater interpersonal connection: people getting to know each
other, working together, and – through understanding each
other’s perspectives – creating practical, real-world solutions.
Our ability to spark ideas, create applied research outcomes,
and even help commercialise products, stems from our
understanding of industry. As an institution, and as
academics, we speak the language of the businesses we work
alongside. The constant connection between our academics
and researchers, many of whom have worked for considerable
periods in industry or have run successful businesses, is
vitally important.
Also important is our connection with the community.
Lincoln University has an established history of working
in a range of community development areas in developing
countries around the world. Increasingly, we are looking to
apply those skills here in New Zealand, matching the needs of
local communities with resources, requirements and potential
skills in their regional land-based economy.
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Our research and development
The key to meeting our goals is found in our understanding
of local and global issues and the application of science-led
Honed by years of practical, industry-focused application,
Lincoln University operates one of the most successful
research programmes in New Zealand. Confirmed by the latest
Tertiary Education Commission Performance-Based Research
Fund (PBRF) evaluation, Lincoln University has the highest
level of external funding for research*, highlighting our close
links with industry and the relevance of our research. The
University’s Research and Innovation Office has oversight
of all aspects of Lincoln’s research.
We are implementing a research strategy that, like our
teaching, is mission-based. This is designed to help us not
only address the needs of the world, but focus on the very real,
practical issues faced by New Zealand’s land-based industry.
We are proud of our abilities to take research from the lab
to the field; from computer to the community; and from
theory to practice. Wherever possible, we contribute to the
development and commercialisation of products, and engage
with end-users to ensure our research remains relevant to the
needs of industry.
Our research also contributes to both local and international
communities, helping shape and inform public policy and
social development.
And – as in our teaching programmes – our strength is in
being dynamic and nimble enough to work together, not
only across disciplines but also within the broader Lincoln
University cluster of Crown Research Institutes and with
researchers and academics from around New Zealand.
* Measured as revenue per academic staff member
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Dedicated research facilities
The Faculty of Agriculture and Life Sciences is
focused on improving productivity in New Zealand’s
agriculture industries, while ensuring our environment
is protected. The faculty works collaboratively with
industry and Crown Research Institutes including
AgResearch, Plant & Food Research, DairyNZ,
Ravensdown and Landcare Research. It focuses on
a broad variety of research, from the management
of pests and international conservation, to best
agricultural practice in dry-land environments.
The Faculty of Agribusiness and Commerce is at the
forefront of sustainable business. The faculty conducts
market-leading research into local, economic and
social development, spanning the spectrum from the
success of eco-labelling to the role of migrant workers
and the impacts of the Canterbury earthquakes.
The Lincoln Hub
The Faculty of Environment, Society and Design has
been strongly involved in the design development
and community projects surrounding the Christchurch
rebuild. They support and enable communities in
New Zealand and internationally to meet
environmental, social and political challenges,
understand the past, shape the present and envision
the future.
The Bio-Protection Research Centre is a
Government-funded centre of research excellence
working with industry and leading research institutes
to transform the way New Zealand’s primary industries
deal with plant pests, weeds and diseases. The Centre
also aims to enhance the country’s reputation as a
producer of sustainable foods and products.
The Lincoln Hub is a world class, land-based research and
innovation centre, which commenced development in Lincoln,
Selwyn. This Hub is a partnership between
Lincoln University, AgResearch, DairyNZ, Landcare Research
and Plant & Food Research.
The partners are working together to invest in resources –
both in terms of capability and infrastructure – to deliver more
science-led innovation, faster technology transfer and greater
transformation for the land-based sectors.
For Lincoln University, the Lincoln Hub provides the ability to
complement our specialist focus with scalable expertise and
resources that can make a difference – at both a national and
international level – in addressing some of the big problems
the world faces.
Lincoln Agritech Limited, a wholly owned subsidiary
of Lincoln University, employs over 30 research
scientists, engineers, technicians and support
staff. The company implements a range of research
technologies – while providing consulting services and
commercialisation of IP – for agriculture, horticulture,
primary processing and high-tech industries.
The Agribusiness and Economics Research Unit
(AERU) provides research expertise to a wide range
of regional, national and international organisations
in the public and private sectors specialising in
four key areas: trade and environment; economic
development; non-market valuation; and social
research. The AERU also places strong emphasis
on mentoring emerging researchers and providing
advanced education to postgraduate students.
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Our education and teaching
Lincoln University is unique among local universities in the
design of both its specialised teaching programme and its
research strategy.
We have established a reputation throughout the land-based
industries as an applied university. This means our graduates
are in demand in a broad range of sectors, from agriculture
and science to finance and property, for both their knowledge
and their practical experience.
The issues we have identified which underpin our goals are
complex. And the associated opportunities are not rooted in
a single solution, or the view of one discipline. We recognise
that a lot of challenges, both now and in the future, exist where
those disciplines and demands run up against each other.
So we are preparing our graduates to enter the land-based
sectors ready to come at these problems from more than
one perspective, with the experience to negotiate between
competing interests and balance demands to provide the best
possible solutions.
After an extensive whole-of-portfolio review in 2013/14 the
University has an innovative and coherent programme of
qualifications from pre-degree, through undergraduate and
into postgraduate study.
Lincoln’s new undergraduate degrees enable students to
put their learning into a broader, global context, to prepare
them for successful study and work in the 21st Century.
As part of the established tradition of the University, our
programmes incorporate practical work to allow students to
gain experience in applying their knowledge to the demands of
their chosen field. They also include common courses taken
by all undergraduates, ensuring the students know how their
discipline relates to others. Flagship qualifications such as the
Bachelor of Agricultural Science and Bachelor of Commerce
(Agriculture) have been joined by new qualifications such
as the Bachelor of Land and Property Management and the
Bachelor of Agribusiness and Food Marketing.
Lincoln’s new postgraduate programme has also been
developed to reflect the unique environment we live and
work in today. We are benefiting from a truly international
perspective, with around 50% of our PhD students coming
from overseas. By researching and studying in New Zealand,
these students are adding to this country’s intellectual capital,
as well as taking their knowledge back home to add to their
home country’s development.
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Our demonstration and extension
Lincoln’s renowned practical ability stems from a more than
100-year commitment to working right alongside the
land-based industry.
Nowhere is this more obvious than in our extensive focus on
using real farms as both research laboratories and teaching
environments – and sharing that knowledge with the people
working both on the land and in many related sectors.
With the oversight of a Farms Committee, the development
of over 3,900ha of farmland owned and operated by the
University is evolving to ensure a better student experience,
increased scientific research on productivity and the
environment, and an enhanced interface between Lincoln
and New Zealand’s farmers.
This approach has included, for example, a significant
increase in the scale and scope of our dairy research facility.
The Lincoln University Research Dairy Farm, which attracts
more than 1000 student visits per year and more than $2.5m
in research projects, is focused on improving the success of
one of New Zealand’s most significant export industries.
The Lincoln University Demonstration Dairy Farm (operated
by SIDDC – see opposite) runs farmer-focused information
days and shares on-farm practice on a daily basis with farmers.
LincolnSheep, a new facility for teaching and researching
sheep breeding, is also designed to support the growth of
the red meat industry, a once-strong source of New Zealand
exports in need of new thinking and investment. The
facility includes a partially irrigated ‘technology farm’ and
an intensive lamb finishing unit, to help demonstrate and
evaluate current and emerging technologies.
Sheep research is also carried out at Ashley Dene, a teaching
farm that has long formed a key part of Lincoln’s research
programme, while super fine wool Merino sheep are run on
Mt Grand, a high country station in Central Otago.
Lincoln also carries out extensive crop research, with over
200ha dedicated to a range of crop types, from cereals and
wheat, to processed crops and small seeds.
Additional teaching and research, as well as forestry
development, is also undertaken at Silverwood Farm in
Hororata. As well as other properties close to the Selwyn
campus, Lincoln has partnerships agreements with Iwi and
schools to work on-farm in the areas of education, research
and management.
Partnerships for industry good
Established in September 2001, the South Island
Dairying Development Centre (SIDDC) is a partnership of
seven key New Zealand organisations involved in South
Island dairying: Lincoln University, DairyNZ, South
Island Dairy Farmers (represented by the South Island
Dairy Event (SIDE) network), Ravensdown Fertiliser
Cooperative Limited, Plant & Food Research, Livestock
Improvement Corporation (LIC), and AgResearch.
The Centre’s focus is the acceleration of South Island
dairying development, particularly for South Island
dairy farmers. SIDDC seeks to achieve this through
the provision of a cluster of expertise, resources, and
services delivering innovative, practical research, and
technical, education, extension and training support
to dairy farmers.
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Our international role
Lincoln’s focus on addressing some of the world’s critical
challenges has taken our staff and alumni around the globe.
In doing so, they are working alongside the communities that
can gain the most from our land-based expertise.
From providing advice on improving grassland production in
sub-Saharan Africa and protecting seedlings for sustainable
forestry plantations in Malaysia, to teaching planting design
and management in Inner Mongolia, and collaborating
with leading agriculture experts in China and North Korea,
Lincoln’s knowledge and approach is being called on to
support key developments in the global management of land,
food and water.
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Our alumni
Lincoln’s alumni network of over 34,000 former students
is spread all around the globe. Some of our more famous
alumni include:
Maggie Barry
Wilson Whineray (1935–2012)
Sir Don McKinnon
Former Deputy Prime Minister, Minister of Foreign Affairs of
New Zealand and Secretary-General of the Commonwealth
of Nations, Diploma in Valuation and Farm Management
Charles Upham (1908–1994)
Reuben Thorne
Former All Black Captain, Bachelor of Agricultural Science
and Bachelor of Resource Studies
Richie McCaw
Annabel Langbein
Celebrity cook, food writer and author, Diploma in
Megh Pandey
Director General of Department of National Parks and
Wildlife Conservation, Nepal, Master of Parks and
Recreation Management
War hero and twice recipient of the Victoria Cross, Diploma
of Agriculture
Mark Inglis
Mountaineer and winemaker, Bachelor of Science (First
Class Honours in Biochemistry)
Former All Black Captain, Diploma in Valuation and Farm
Andy Dalton
Former All Black, Bachelor of Agricultural Science
Current National MP, Diploma in Horticulture
Sir Turi Carroll (1890–1975)
New Zealand tribal leader, farmer and local politician,
Diploma of Agriculture
Dr Ghana Gurung
Director of Conservation Program, WWF, Nepal, Bachelor
of Parks and Recreation Management and Master of Parks
and Recreation Management
Captain of the All Blacks, Honorary Doctorate
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At a glance
Equivalent full-time students
Telford campus 34%
Lincoln campus 66%
International students 18%
Domestic students 82%
Postgraduate 11%
Undergraduate 44%
Staff (full-time equivalent)
Pre-undergraduate* 45%
Academic 38%
Administration and Support 45%
Research and Technical 17%
Female 50%
Male 50%
Academic staff to student ratio
Te Waihora Campus
Telford Campus
* Certificates, diplomas, correspondence and others
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2014 Annual Report
Lincoln University history
Founded as a School of Agriculture
Renamed Canterbury Agricultural College
First government grant for research
Female students enrolled for the first time
Renamed Lincoln College
First formal qualification in viticulture
and oenology introduced
Lincoln University Honorary Degrees first awarded
Telford Rural Polytechnic incorporated into
the University to become a Division
First Australian student enrolled
Ashley Dean farm purchased
Bledisloe Medal first awarded
Hudson Hall (student accommodation) built
New Zealand’s first professional qualification
in landscape architecture introduced
Became Lincoln University
Lincoln University International Alumni Medal
first awarded
Lincoln Hub announced
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