13 Māori graduate student candidates from across Aotearoa are visiting the UK this week (Oct 8-16) as part of a new initiative to open up opportunities with the University of Oxford.
Hosted by The Atlantic Institute and The Rhodes Trust, Te Hononga Māori Graduate Study Tour has an inaugural cohort of over 30 attendees, including both graduate student candidates and leaders from the Māori community.
Visiting candidates will meet with Oxford University academics and leaders, network with recent Māori graduates, and tour various schools within the university in a visit designed to encourage more Māori students to consider international study at leading universities.
The tour also celebrates 100 years since the matriculation of the first wahine Māori student, and possibly first indigenous student at Oxford University, Mākereti Papakura.
“We are so pleased to be able to honour Mākereti, whose pioneering days as a student in Oxford are an inspiration 100 years later, to New Zealand and for people around the world. Te Hononga builds on her legacy and those of Māori leaders who followed in her footsteps as students at the University,” says Evie O’Brien (Ngāti Pikiao, Ngāti Awa, Ngāti Ranginui), Director of The Atlantic Institute.
In addition to encouraging and supporting Māori into international study, the tour aims to increase the number of Māori students taking advantage of opportunities such as the prestigious Rhodes Scholarship.
“Of the more than 247 New Zealand Rhodes scholars selected since 1904, only three were Māori. A clear strategy is needed to enable more Māori students to take their place in these world-leading universities,” says O’Brien.