The University of Waikato was established in 1964 – an urban university in the rural heartland. Our motto is Ko Te Tangata – for the people, and the university has a strong partnership with Māori and in particular Waikato-Tainui.
The main campus is in Hamilton and there is also a campus in Tauranga, where a partnership including the Bay of Plenty Polytechnic and Te Whare Wānanga o Awanuiārangi delivers an ever-increasing range of programmes and qualifications designed to meet the needs of the region.
More than 12,000 students make up the University of Waikato’s student population, and they study undergraduate, graduate and postgraduate qualifications across seven faculties. Of the student population, more than 2300 are Māori and more than 2000 come from overseas, with China the biggest contributor.
The Faculty of Education leads the government-funded contract to deliver professional development in adult literacy and numeracy throughout New Zealand. The Faculty’s key research centre is the Wilf Malcolm Institute of Educational Research (WMIER) established to undertake, support, and disseminate research relating to the broad field of education.
Waikato University’s Management School has been recognised with the sought-after triple-crown accreditation for its executive education programmes and the University attracts high-calibre arts and sports students through the Sir Edmund Hillary Scholarship programme that coaches and financially supports elite students with leadership potential.
The University’s highly regarded Radiocarbon Dating Laboratory has an international reputation for its work and while a major centre of research excellence is situated in Tauranga where, in conjunction with Germany’s University of Bremen, the INTERCOAST project provides post-doctoral researchers from the two countries opportunities to work together to study in a range of coastal marine areas. The collaboration is just one example of the international connectedness the University of Waikato has a growing reputation for.
During its relatively short history, the University of Waikato has developed a unique identity and distinctiveness; it remains committed to serving its region for the next 50 years and beyond.