Teaming up with the University of Auckland to support a new Information Governance course

Nick McDonnell, Head of Public Policy (New Zealand and Pacific Islands) – July 9, 2021


As the opportunities of data and information flows grows for society, so does the complexity of the challenges associated with how this ever increasing volume of data is managed and governed. Over the last two years in particular as the world has grappled with COVID-19 and more rapidly digitised, there has been a sharp increase in demand globally for information governance roles such as privacy officers, compliance officers and data protection professionals – across the private, public and not-for-profit sectors

Facebook is excited to be partnering with the University of Auckland’s Department of Commercial Law to provide two academic prizes as part of the University’s new programme of study in Information Governance.

The Facebook Scholarship in Information Governance will be provided to cover tuition fees for a Postgraduate Certificate in Information Governance. Applications are now open for this course beginning in September, and students from communities underrepresented in data and technology fields, including Māori and Pasifika students, are particularly encouraged to apply.

In addition, we’ll be awarding the Facebook Prize in Artificial Intelligence Regulation to this paper’s top student.

Technology and data offers significant economic opportunities for the New Zealand economy and needs to be underpinned by talented professionals schooled in the ethics and benefits of this growing field. We’re happy to support that next generation of Kiwi data privacy and information governance professionals.

“I welcome the new programme and am grateful for the corporate sponsorship of prizes and scholarships. The attendance of both the regulator and private and public sector stakeholders at the symposium is testament to the central role played by data in today’s economy,” says Professor Susan Watson, Dean of the Business School at the University of Auckland.

For more information or to apply, visit

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