Software Engineering - NZi3 - ICT Innovation Institute - University of Canterbury - New Zealand

Software Engineering



Jade Software Corporation, through the Jade Foundation, is a founding partner of NZi3. 

The partnership is enabling UC and Jade to develop research and teaching collaboration around specific software engineering projects within the ICT Innovation Institute. Jade also provides scholarships to PhD students working in the software engineering research theme.

Jade expects that as an end result the partnership will produce high quality research and development and doctoral graduates for the future of the industry and for Jade’s own development teams.

To create a collaborative industry-academic group within NZi3 that works on Software Engineering projects which provide rewarding research opportunities with the prospect of commercial success and enhancing student capability.

To facilitate closer industry-academic ties in the field of Software Engineering through joint research, publication and commercial relevance.


  1. Attract & retain world class researchers, employees and students.
  2. Produce highly-skilled graduates.
  3. Enable researchers to understand and enhance computational platforms and their applications.
  4. Broaden the engagement between Industry and UC to include departments other than computer science which will have domain knowledge that is of value to the industry partners.
  5. Develop a research strategy that meets the needs of both UC and industry partners.
  6. Seek further sponsors through both industry and government.


Jade Summer Studentships
Rather than soaking up the summer sunshine during the holiday break, Computer Science students James Nicholas, Louis Sayers, Yuganeethen Yugaraja and James Ashford went to work on problem-solving projects for the Jade Software Corporation, under the supervision of Neville Churcher and Warwick Irwin. 

Four of the ten students who undertook the COSC366 research project course were supported by the studentship programme which is part of the NZi3 software engineering theme. COSC366 students undertake projects in order to develop and demonstrate their research skills. 

The projects related to Jade's products in the areas of information visualization, semantic modelling, code coverage and transparent persistence. Some of the results are encouraging and Jade are looking at how they can develop the findings further. 

The studentship programme offers four primary benefits: problem solving opportunities for industry, work experience and paid holiday jobs for students, and fostering relationships between UC and industry.

Jade and Java Enable University Collaboration (PDF) (29 October)

Jade awards UCi3 Scholarship (30 March)

Jade Software Corporation joins University of Canterbury's ICT Innovation Institute (6 December 2005)


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