Partner with AUT’s Business School

AUT Business School is dedicated to deepening our links with industry, communities and alumni to enhance the student experience and inform our research and its application.

Our memberships with international associations and accrediting bodies ensure that our Business School is being measured against the world’s top schools keeping us connected and relevant to current trends. We are proud of our strong partnerships and connections.

Connecting students and industry

There are lots of ways you can connect with our students.

Offer workplace experience to business students

Workplace experience is an essential part of our Bachelor of Business and ensures that our students are ready to hit the deck running in their chosen careers.

Find out more about workplace experience.

Shadow a Leader

Our one-day Shadow a Leader student-industry experience day is also a great opportunity to connect with our students. Shadow a Leader allows a student to follow an industry leader for a day to understand what it takes to succeed in the leader’s field of endeavour.

Find out more about Shadow a Leader.

Other ways you can get involved

There are many ways students and industry are connected. Industry can get involved by providing scholarships, mentoring or presenting to students, sponsoring a student club or a student award, exhibiting at a career fair, or employing students.

Connecting AUT Business School locally and globally

AUT Business School has a strong community of local and international supporters, with alumni based across the globe, the Business School positions itself to launch its students into the best opportunities, no matter the distance.

Industry advisory board

The AUT Business School connects with industry, community and our alumni through various initiatives, in various ways. Our industry advisory board and international alumni advisory board keep us relevant and connected by informing us on current trends and providing advice on strategy and initiatives.

Find out about our industry advisory board and international alumni advisory board

Research collaborations

Our researchers are recognised experts in their field who work in multidisciplinary teams on key research programmes that address important societal challenges and complex issues. Our research centres and groups conduct interdisciplinary research in collaboration with business, the professions, government and the wider community. We are proud of our strong links and are always looking for new opportunities to partner with industry, communities and alumni.

Find out more about our research projects.

Community collaborations

AUT Business School aligns with social-impact and community organisations to enhance the relevance of our education offerings and work toward our goals of diversity and inclusion, Māori and Pacific development, and employability for all.

AUT Business School collaborates and supports several social enterprises:

  • Global Women promotes gender equality in the workplace. Our Dean is a member of this invitation-only initiative.
  • Champions for Change is an invitation-only group of 56 leading CEOs and Chairs from the public and private sector. The Business School was a foundation partner and has attained thought- leadership status.
  • Tupu Toa is a paid internship programme creating career pathways for Māori and Pacific students. Tupu Toa has office space in the Business School, to better collaborate on student initiatives and to maximise connections with investment partners.
  • The 21C Skills Lab aligns with employers, government agencies, schools and tertiary institutions to make sure key workplace abilities are understood, taught, assessed and developed. Through the Lab the Business School has access to local and global thought-leaders from education, business, and government.
  • The Centre for Social Impact works with major funders and community partners to support social change initiatives. We worked with the Centre for Social Impact to redesign the Bachelor of Business degree.

Contact us

For more information on how to get involved, contact:

Melanie Barr
Director Student, Business and Community Partnerships
Email: melanie.barr@aut.ac.nz
Phone: +64 9 921 9999 ext 9336

Annie Gandar
Partnerships Manager
Email: annie.gandar@aut.ac.nz
Phone: +64 9 921 9999 ext 5330

Nirisha Niranjan
Partnerships Coordinator
Email: nirisha.niranjan@aut.ac.nz
Phone: +64 9 921 9999 ext 5809