Canon sponsors the leaders of tomorrow at ‘Hands-On at Otago’

(Last Updated On: November 11, 2021)

In partnership with the University of Otago, Canon is proud to sponsor the highly sought-after student experience.

The Hands-On at Otago programme offers students going into Years 12 and 13 the opportunity to spend a week in the shoes that they’ll walk in once they begin tertiary education. Living in a hall of residence, attending classes, and socialising with their future peers, is a unique experience that really gives the students a front row seat into what their lives will look like after High School.

Canon’s international guiding philosophy is Kyosei – ‘living and working together for the common good, with a particular focus on making a difference in people’s lives.’

“The Hands-on Otago programme is a fantastic example of us being able to provide our future leaders with a life-changing experience they will carry with them for life,” said Marketing Manager Canon Business Solutions Jeannine Barnes.

Different academic fields

This year, Hands-On at Otago attracted 393 students from 149 different schools throughout New Zealand. They experienced a week of dawn-to-dusk activities that exposed them to hands-on research in several academic fields.

Science students worked in well-equipped laboratories and out in the field. Whether in the lab bench making new molecules, driving a high-tech microscope to explore materials at the micro-scale, or at the foreshore exploring the ecology and behaviour of important species, they were guided on their journey of discovery by experts at the university.

Students who selected Business or Humanities projects had the opportunity to examine artefacts and objects from history or prehistory. Some got to present a court case; others got to create and market their own products. Students also explored the NZ Curriculum and presented the skills they’d learned in theatre, music and dance.

Hands-On at Otago 2022 runs 16-21 January and is open to all students who are in Year 12 or 13 in 2022. Applications close 24 September 2021. For further information go to

To learn more about what Canon is doing in Education call 0800 222 666 or visit here.

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