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Salient. Victoria University Student Newspaper. Volume 33 No. 12. 5 August 1970

Student Rep attacks business intrusion

Student Rep attacks business intrusion

Denis Phelps, Students' Association representative on the University Council, expressed strong concern at the Council's Annual Meeting about the growth of business and industrial involvement in the university.

Speaking to a proposal for co-operation between the University and the International Marketing

Institute of New Zealand, Mr Phelps warned against the undermining of the university's true purpose by the gradual intrusion of a vocational or commercial emphasis.

Among the advantages of the proposed collaboration listed in the paper presented to the Council were that access could be gained by the university to a substantial volume of research materials and international business.

The Council was assured by the Vice-Chancellor that when co-operative ventures are proposed by outside bodies he makes sure that they are aware that they will have no power over the university in any way.

The Council accordingly accepted the proposal from the Faculty of Commerce and Administration that the university should collaborate with the Institute in the promotion of teaching and research in marketing and related fields.

It is understood that the Institute is interested in helping to provide financial sponsorship for the Chair of Marketing which was discussed at the May meeting of the Council.

The Institute itself is an offshoot of the International Marketing Institute at the Graduate School of Business Administration at Harvard University but is controlled by a Board of Directors wholly of New Zealanders.