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, 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 has also led the development of a purpose-built campus in the CBD opening in 2019. Tauranga is home to the University's Coastal Marine 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 13 subjects in the top 300. 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 due to the high priority of pastoral care. 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 the University has been implementing a new curriculum, which was reviewed and revitalised to ensure that teaching continues to be relevant to 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 of Waikato, Tauranga

In 2019, students in Tauranga will be able to study at the new Tauranga CBD campus that the University of Waikato developed on behalf of the Bay of Plenty Tertiary Education Partnership. The new campus will enable the University to increase the number of programmes it offers in the region, particularly with an increased focus on areas of regional activity. Further information is available at

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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