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Massey University

Palmerston, New Zealand

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History, Affiliations and Rankings

Massey University started out as the New Zealand Agricultural College which was established in 1926 as the 6th College of the University of New Zealand and in 1927 it was renamed the Massey Agricultural College. Four years after Massey opened doors for its first students, the first female student enrolled to study poultry farming. It was after the years of World War II and the Great Depression that the University witnessed massive expansion and a series of consolidations, including that with the Victoria University of Wellington, after which it acquired its present form as Massey University. Following this, it was accorded University status in 1964 and two years hence, its name changed to Massey University. Beginning from a small agricultural college in Palmerston North, the University has grown to become New Zealand's largest residential university with locations across Auckland and Wellington. QS World University Rankings ranks Massey University at #284, while the Times Higher Education has given it a global rank in the bracket #601-800 and US News & World Report ranks Massey University at #556 in the Best Global Universities category for the year 2022. 

Infrastructure, Campuses and Courses

Massey University has campuses in three cities across New Zealand - Auckland, Wellington and the oldest Manawatu campus in Palmerston North. The Auckland campus is a modern, spacious and green construction located in the suburb of Albany in proximity to sand beaches, that features state-of-the-art facilities in Science, Technology and Finance. Massey University at Wellington is a creative campus, nestled amidst green hills in a harbor, with a thriving arts and culture scene, while the Manawatu campus is an inspiring location consisting of vast, green stretches that encompass high-spec academic buildings. Massey University offers courses across 5 Colleges, which are - Business, Creative Arts, Health, Humanities and Social Sciences, and Sciences, each of which is divided into constituent Schools of specialization, Primarily, there are two levels of study at the University, that is Undergraduate and Postgraduate study. However, short courses, professional development, continuing education and research opportunities are also offered at the University. In addition, the University provides Foundation courses as well as Pathway programs to facilitate international students. Massey offers most of its degrees extramurally within New Zealand, internationally as well as via distance, online learning

Accomplishments and Alumni 

Massey University is the largest residential university in New Zealand and also, a leading research university globally. The University's Business School is the largest in New Zealand and features a Knowledge Exchange Hub, that produced impactful socio-economic research, the online and real-time tracking of GDP for instance, which is a world first innovation. Also, the Massey Business School holds the prestigious AACSB accreditation for its Business and Management related programs. Further, three research projects conducted by Massey University were recently awarded $6 million+ of funding from the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Entrepreneurship Vision Matauranga Capability Fund. The University has almost 100 formal academic arrangements with overseas institutions. It is the 10th largest user of Information and Communications Technology (ICT) in New Zealand, and hosts the National Centre for Tertiary Teaching Excellence. Many notable alumni like Dick Scott (Historian), Tom Scott (Cartoonist), and Patrick Lynch (Educationalist) have graduated from Massey University. 

Student Diversity and Visiting Companies

Massey University has a large student population of 30,000 students enrolled across its three campuses. Over 5,000 international students from 100+ countries study with Massey University annually. As a student at this University, you will be part of a dynamic, diverse and supportive community of peers and Professors. There are more than 200 student clubs and organizations on the campus, including groups for arts and culture, sports, spiritual societies and more. This allows students to engage in extra-curricular activities, explore their interests and make connections on campus. What makes Massey University a sought-after study abroad choice for international students is its distance learning and academic offerings through Massey Global. Massey is the largest provider of distance education in New Zealand. Massey has ties with many international colleges and universities to provide students with the most exposure possible. There is a Career Center at Massey, which helps students in career planning, getting work experience, and organizes career events including career talks, workshops, employer presentations and more. Many prominent companies and brands like Apple, IBM, Google, Facebook, Nestle, and others recruit graduates from Massey University.

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