The University of Waikato

Te Whare Wānanga o Waikato is committed to academic excellence and innovative teaching programmes, priding itself on international outlook while remaining very much a university for the region.

Vice-Chancellor Professor Neil Quigley is leading the University through its next phase of development and bringing a culture of excellence and high performance to all aspects of the organisation. This includes strengthening programmes to meet national and international skills shortages, addressing global issues, such as water quality, indigenous studies and cyber security, and enhancing teaching and research quality in health and high performance sport.

Research is a key focus for the University. Students are taught in research-intensive environments by experienced lecturers, and a lot of importance is placed on fostering an active research community and producing critical-thinking, future-focused graduates who are globally aware.

The University is the tertiary partner with the Avantidrome in Cambridge and the Adams Centre for High Performance in Mount Maunganui, Tauranga, both centres for elite athletes. Staff based at those venues work with some of New Zealand's top sportspeople.

In Tauranga, the University is part of a tertiary partnership working with other tertiary providers to ensure students can easily make the transition between institutions to complete qualifications, and the University is also leading the development of a purpose-built campus in the CBD due to open in 2019. Tauranga is home to the University's Coastal Marine Research Field Station where staff and students undertake research to enhance water quality, increase kaimoana stocks, and improve the environmental impacts of business on and by the ocean.

The University of Waikato stands proudly on the world stage as an institution that provides a future-focused international education and plays an active part in global research. The latest Quacquarelli Symonds (QS) World University Rankings place Waikato in the top 1.1% of universities in the world with 12 subjects in the top 250. QS ranks universities across a range of areas including reputation, research, teaching, employability and internationalisation. In the Times Higher Education (THE) world rankings, Waikato sits in the 351-400 band, third equal in New Zealand.

The University also ranks highly for student satisfaction. The International Student Barometer survey showed more than 90% of international students surveyed who studied at the University of Waikato were satisfied with their experience and 82% would recommend our university to others.

Part of the University’s success is because pastoral care is a high priority. The development and well-being of every student is an important dimension of the institution’s uniqueness. Staff have a strong reputation for excellence and take an innovative approach to student learning support. They have a track-record of effectiveness for supporting students as they transition to university study, particularly Māori, Pacific and first-generation tertiary students.

The University of Waikato is distinct from other universities because it embraces its strong Māori identity and heritage. The campus sits on Tainui land and staff are committed to working in partnership with Tainui to meet the needs of iwi through teaching and research.

The Māori student and staff communities on campus are vibrant and welcoming, and there are many University programmes and activities dedicated to Māori student achievement and success. And while the University of Waikato has renowned strength in the teaching and research of te reo Māori and tikanga Māori, our Māori expertise can also be found across the various disciplines including Māori psychology, education, law, social sciences and computer science.

In the last two years a group of senior staff has completed a review of the University's entire curriculum to ensure that teaching continues to be timely and relevant to changes in student, employer and societal needs. As a result, new work-integrated learning programmes and compulsory work experience have been introduced to all undergraduate degrees.

The University has identified five global challenges that underpin healthier more prosperous, safe and diverse societies, and through teaching and research is contributing towards local, national and global efforts to improve and sustain:

  1. The health of the environment
  2. The physical and mental wellbeing of the world’s population
  3. The equality and rights of indigenous communities
  4. The productivity and environmental impact of food production
  5. The security and safety of people, communities, property and intellectual assets

The University of Waikato, Tauranga

By 2019, students in Tauranga will be able to study at the new Tauranga CBD campus that the University of Waikato is developing on behalf of the Bay of Plenty Tertiary Education Partnership. Its development is being supported and funded by the community, and will offer a range of University programmes focused in areas of regional activity. Further information is available at

Currently, The University of Waikato in Tauranga shares Toi Ohomai Institute of Technology's Windermere and Bongard Centre campuses. The two institutions work closely to offer a comprehensive suite of jointly developed diploma and degree programmes. Some qualifications begin with completing a Toi Ohomai Institute of Technology programme, which can be credited towards a Waikato degree, and other qualifications are offered in their entirety through the University of Waikato in Tauranga.

Students are able to complete the following qualifications in Tauranga:

  • Bachelor of Business
  • Bachelor of Science (Applied Computing)
  • Bachelor of Science (Biological Sciences)
  • Bachelor of Social Sciences
  • Bachelor of Social Work
  • Bachelor of Teaching (Early Childhood)
  • Bachelor of Teaching (Primary)
  • Diploma in Law
  • Graduate Diploma of Teaching (Secondary)
  • Graduate Diploma in Psychology
  • Postgraduate Diploma in Developmnet Studies
  • Postgraduate Diploma in Management Studies
  • Master of Education
  • Master of Educational Leadership
  • Master of Health, Sport and Human Performance
  • Master of Science (Research)
  • PhD (Biological Science, Psychology, and Education)

Two other qualifications, the Bachelor of Laws and Bachelor of Engineering (Hons) can be started in Tauranga but need to be completed at the Hamilton campus.

Students can start the Bachelor of Laws in Tauranga, by first completing the Diploma in Law and non-law electives, and then complete the remaining two years of study in Hamilton.

The first and fourth year of the Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) degree in specified majors can be completed in Tauranga.

The Master of Information Technology has taught classes in Hamilton, but the internship can be completed in Tauranga.

Papers are taught by University of Waikato and Toi Ohomai Institute of Technology academic staff, or by video conference link from the Hamilton campus. Students are also able to enrol in online papers. Some students complete their degrees entirely in Tauranga and some transfer or commute to Hamilton if they want to enrol in papers not available on the Tauranga campus.

Tauranga-based students attend lectures taught by University of Waikato and Toi Ohomai Institute of Technology academic staff, or by video conference link from the Hamilton campus. Students are also able to enrol in online papers.

Further information about programmes and papers offered in Tauranga is available on the University of Waikato, Tauranga website:

Finally, the University of Waikato has mapped a clear and agreed framework for well-informed strategic investment decisions for its campuses and their students in Hamilton and Tauranga. After more than five decades, the University of Waikato has evolved into a truly New Zealand institution which, as the motto Ko Te Tangata (for the people) reflects, supports the country's nation-building policies and reflects the nation's identity.

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