History, Affiliations and Rankings
The University of Waikato was established in 1964, in Hamilton, Waikato, New Zealand after a petition was signed that viewed the university as a means to cater to the needs of the South Auckland region and the citizens of Hamilton. From welcoming its first 100 students in 1964 to becoming the fastest-growing university in New Zealand in the 1980s, to eventually establishing rapport as a forward-thinking university that offers world-class education, Waikato has become one of the most popular studies abroad options for international students in New Zealand. It is affiliated with the Association of Commonwealth Universities (ACU), Association of Southeast Asian Institutions of Higher Learning (ASAIHL), and holds the prestigious Triple Crown Accreditation - AACSB, EQUIS and AMBA - which is held by less than 1% of the universities worldwide. The University of Waikato ranks #331in the QS World University Rankings 2023.
Infrastructure, Campuses and Courses
The university has two campuses located in Hamilton and Tauranga. The campus in Hamilton spans an area of 64 hectares, comprising numerous trees, recreational areas, lakes, a garden, and sporting areas. The campus in Tauranga is a satellite campus. The University of Hamilton comprises over 10 schools and over 7 research institutes, which makes the University among the global leaders of the best research institutes. Their 10 schools include Te Kura Toi Tangata Faculty of Education, Waikato Pathways College, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, Te Huataki Waiora Faculty of Health, Sport and Human Performance, Faculty of Computing and Mathematical Sciences, Faculty of Law, Faculty of Maori and Indigenous Studies, Faculty of Science and Engineering, Te Mata Kairangi School of Graduate Research, and Waikato Management School. Their 7 research institutes include the Environmental Research Institute (ERI), Institute for Business Research (IBR), Institute of Professional Learning (IPL), National Institute of Demographic and Economic Analysis (NIDEA), Wilf Malcolm Institute of Educational Research (WMIER), and Institute for Security and Crime Science.
Accomplishments and Alumni
The University of Waikato is known for its world-class international and quality education, innovative future-focused curricula, and worldwide research portfolio. The one of its kind combination of teaching and research at this university provides students with countless opportunities for interesting, in-depth studies and specializations. The university's diverse courses provide students with an international education, led by an award-winning faculty and bolstered by strong relationships. Small courses allow lecturers to give personalised assistance and create an interesting learning environment. Waikato Institution is also known for its research prowess; according to the QS World University Rankings 2021, the university is placed 72nd in the world for research quality and impact, and in the top 60 for research that promotes economic growth (THE 2021). The university also has a list of distinguished alumni members. Some of the notable names include - Wayne Smith and Shayne Legg.
Student Diversity and Visiting Companies
As the 2nd most peaceful country in the world – New Zealand welcomes international students with open hearts. With more than 2,500 international students, the university's student population is diverse with more than 70 nationalities represented. In addition, M?ori and Pacific students currently account for 35.2% of all students at the University of Waikato, the greatest proportion of any New Zealand university. Their total administrative staff consists of 1,483 members. The university is known to have taught a total of 9,904. International students cover 20% of the total population at the university. The university also ensures the development of transferable and industry-based skills to ensure placement opportunities for its outgoing students. Different organisations come to the university on a regular basis to talk about internships and job placements. Every year, the institution provides approximately 2,000+ undergraduate and postgraduate students with industrial placements and internships for unique job experiences and networking possibilities.