Bridges of Friendship Garden
As part of the landscaping for a new building constructed in 1998, and
to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the
sister city relationship between Christchurch
and Kurashiki, the University is constructing a unique garden.
The structure of the garden embodies modern ideas from computer science and mathematics,
but the idea comes from the Oriental "Scholar's garden": crossing a bridge symbolises
leaving day-to-day cares behind as the scholar focuses on more academic
The "Bridges of Friendship" also represent the many relationships
surrounding a university: international links, links to industry,
between staff and students, and between the university and the local community.
The symbolism is made particularly strong because the garden has been
made possible by generous sponsorship from local industry; each of the seven
bridges is sponsored by one of the following companies:
- Business Computers Limited - providing
the best price/performance quality hardware and software solutions to discerning customers
- iTec - iTec is a
leading wholesale importer and distributor of quality
brand computer components and finished products, primarily PC compatible.
The company was recently voted one of the best and most informed providers
of sales, service and technical support in the industry (Reseller Trends
- MagnumMac - Authorised Apple Reseller,
Authorised Apple Education Reseller,
and Authorised Apple Service Provider.
- Sun Microsystems - pioneering new concepts in computing
technology and enterprise network computing.
- Tait Electronics - supplying and servicing our
customers with world class radio
communications equipment and systems
- Trimble Navigation - Trimble is a world
leader in the emerging commercial markets for GPS satellite-based navigation, positioning, and
communications data products.
- The garden was designed by
Architectus Bowes Clifford Thomson, who also designed the
Mathematics and Statistics/Computer Science building.