My alma mater, Massey University is reaching–out to its American alumni. For more than 80 years Massey University has played a defining role in the development of New Zealand through its contribution to land-based industries, distinctive mix of internal, distance and international teaching, commitment to innovation and close links with the business community.
In 2011 Massey continues to define New Zealand and is focusing its efforts on developing three areas of strategic importance to the nation: agri-food; innovation and creativity.
In support of this strategy Massey has launched its first major fundraising initiative – Advancing New Zealand, a campaign to raise $100 million for these three priorities. This transformational project will see investment in research, teaching, student scholarships and facilities that would otherwise remain unfunded. Investment in Massey will bear fruit, not just for Massey, but for New Zealand as a whole. It is from these areas that innovative and creative solutions to global issues will be found.
My role is Director/Secretary of this initiative. I’m looking forward to our upcoming trip to the United Nations in New York where we will sit down with Helen Clark, ex-Prime Minister of New Zealand, who is now the Administrator of the United Nations Development Programme, the third-highest UN position, to map out our strategy.
The attached PDF about the program – Defining the US – contains a feature about me modestly entitled: “GOING GLOBAL - Never mind the global downturn, irrepressible expat entrepreneur Linda Jenkinson reckons she’s still on track to conquer the world.”