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Victoria University of Wellington


Professor Nic Smith

Location / campuses

  • Kelburn campus
  • Pipitea campus
  • Te Aro campus

Date established


Numbers of students

  • Student headcount: over 21,000
  • Equivalent full-time students: nearly 17,000


  • Advancing better government
  • Cultivating creative capital
  • Enabling our Asia-Pacific trading nation
  • Enhancing the resilience and sustainability of our natural heritage and capital
  • Enriching national culture
  • Spearheading digital futures
  • Stimulating a design-led, high-value manufacturing region

Rankings / awards

  • Victoria ranks in the top 1% of the world’s 16,000 universities for arts and humanities, social sciences and management.
  • Victoria ranks in the 2% in engineering and technology, and natural science disciplines.
  • Victoria ranks 50th in the world in Social Policy and Administration.
  • Victoria ranks in the top 100 in the world for 9 other subjects: Accounting and Finance, Development Studies, Education, English Language and Literature, Geography, History, Law, Linguistics and Psychology.

Victoria has eight faculties that conduct teaching and research:

  • Faculty of Architecture and Design
  • Faculty of Education
  • Faculty of Engineering
  • Faculty of Health
  • Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences
  • Faculty of Law
  • Faculty of Science
  • Victoria Business School

In 2016, Victoria received $48.4m from external sources to fund research projects undertaken by its researchers.

In 2016, more than 1,416 publications resulting from work of Victoria researchers.

Victoria is also home to:

  • Adam Art Gallery - Te Pātaka Toi, which presents a year-round programme of exhibitions, events and publications
  • International Institute of Modern Letters, which hosts University’s Creative Writing programme and has seen many of its alumni establish successful writing careers
  • New Zealand School of Music, the country’s preeminent tertiary institution for music study