About The University of Waikato

About The University of Waikato

The University of Waikato is based in the city of Hamilton in New Zealand’s North Island. It is a comprehensive university, made up of seven faculties and schools, with more than 12,000 students, including 2000 international students.

The main campus covers 64 hectares of landscaped gardens and lakes, with extensive sporting and recreational areas. There is a second, smaller campus in the coastal city of Tauranga.

Established in 1964, Waikato is a relatively young university, but in its nearly-50 years it has forged a strong international reputation. The University’s qualifications are recognised internationally, its global connections are extensive, and its student profile is diverse.

The Waikato region is fast-developing as a centre for high-quality research and is home to agile and innovative businesses. The University of Waikato is part of a hub of research organisations that work with businesses to combine knowledge and innovation to develop new and high-quality products.

 Among the best in the world

The University of Waikato is a world-ranked university. Times Higher Education ranks the University of Waikato at 44 in the top 50 institutions in the world under 50 years old. The rankings are based on teaching, research, citations, industry outcomes and innovation and international outlook.

The University of Waikato Rankings and ReputationQS Subject Rankings:

The QS Subject Rankings, released in February 2014, assess nearly 800 universities around the world on the quality of 30 different subject areas.

The University of Waikato now has five subjects ranked in the top 150 in the world, with one – Education – ranked 46th in the world in the latest QS Subject Rankings.The other four, all ranked from 101-150, are Modern Languages, Economics and Econometrics, Law and Computer Science and Info Systems. It is the first time Modern Languages has appeared in the rankings while Education and Economics/Econometrics both improved their rankings.

Waikato Management School (the Business Faculty) has Triple Crown status through accreditation from the three leading international business school accreditation bodies, AACSB, AMBA and EQUIS. Currently less than 1% of business schools worldwide have Triple Accreditation.

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Businesses today need innovative people and the University of Waikato is dedicated to graduating outstanding graduates who are committed to “making a difference”.

Waikato has a broad range of subjects, papers and degrees. Waikato has a flexible degree structure so that can build a degree to suit Students interests and career plans.

The University’s seven Faculties of Studies are Arts and Social Sciences, Computing and Mathematical Sciences, Education, Law, Management Studies, Maori and Pacific Development, and Science and Engineering. A comprehensive range of English language courses, pre-degree (Foundation Studies), undergraduate and postgraduate qualifications are offered.

Subjects taught within the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences include Social Sciences, Humanities, including a number of modern foreign languages, and the Performing Arts.

The Faculty of Computing and Mathematical Sciences is a top-rated research faculty in New Zealand across its subject areas of computer science, mathematics, and statistics and computer graphic design.

The Faculty of Education provides programmes in areas such as teacher education, sport and leisure studies, counselling, human development, education, educational leadership and education studies. It distinguishes itself among other education schools through its tradition and reputation for innovation, leadership and research.

The Faculty of Law provides innovative, student-focused degrees as it teaches law in its social, political, cultural and economic contexts. The Faculty has founding goals of professionalism, biculturalism, and the study of law in context.

The School of Maori and Pacific Development offers programmes in Maori language and linguistics, culture, customs, creative and performing arts, media and communication, Treaty of Waitangi, and development studies.

The Faculty of Science and Engineering offers a range of innovative programmes for students at all study levels. It has an internationally renowned Carbon Dating Unit, is strong in coastal marine and Antarctic research, and operates several academic research centres and units.

Throughout its 41 years, Waikato Management School has distinguished itself among New Zealand business schools by the relevance and rigour of its education and research.It offers more than 20 subjects that cover every major area of business.It also has a focus on sustainability, where business improves the communities,societies,and nations in which they operate in.

The University of Waikato - Faculty of Computing and Mathematical Sciences

Research at Waikato

The University of Waikato is committed to research excellence. Twenty-five percent of New Zealand’s professional research and development happens in the Waikato region and this university is at the heart of it.

Waikato University boasts a number of high-profile research units (research institutes, research centres and research groups) that are spread across a variety of subject areas.

Campus Life

Waikato has the most beautiful campus in the country. All our first-class facilities are in one location, building a strong sense of community.

University of Waikato village-green

Students find Waikato has a laid-back and easy atmosphere. Students meet for coffee by the lakes, chill out on the lawns or play touch rugby on the fields. Our new environmentally friendly Student Centre opened in September 2011. It provides a social heart to the campus, with learning and social spaces, and a range of student services in one location.

Waikato boasts a huge range of sporting opportunities on campus. We have the largest sports fields of any university in New Zealand and other great sporting and recreational facilities such as the Olympic pool, tennis courts, indoor cricket nets and a university gymnasium.

The University of Waikato has four Halls of Residence on campus. Living in the halls is a great way to meet new people and immerse yourself in student life. The advantages of living in a Halls of Residence are that it is a great way to meet people, with student support and organised fun activities for residents throughout the year.

Student Support

The University of Waikato is dedicated to the success of its international students. There are a range of people employed especially to help you in all aspects of your life and study with us.

An orientation programme for international students is run before your classes start to provide you with useful information on New Zealand laws, health and safety, how to find the things you need, services provided and much more.

Workshops and seminars are run throughout the year on things such as tips on finding employment to how to get a driver’s license. The University also arranges trips to some beautiful places close to Hamilton.

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