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 and indigenous studies, 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, which are 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 2020. 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 to 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. In the 2016 Quacquarelli Symonds (QS) World University Rankings, the University of Waikato was placed 324 in the world - up from 338 in 2015. QS ranks universities across a range of areas including reputation, research, teaching, employability and internationalisation.

The University of Waikato also received a full five-star rating from QS. The QS Stars Rankings rate universities across a broad range of criteria, including teaching quality and satisfaction, employability, research, internationalisation, facilities, innovation and inclusiveness.

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 established 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.

Throughout 2016 a group of senior staff completed a review of the University’s entire curriculum to ensure that our 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 has been introduced to all throughout undergraduate degrees.

The University has mapped a clear and agreed framework for well-informed strategic investment decisions. 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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