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Coordinates: 37°47′13″S 175°18′50″E / 37.78694°S 175.31389°E / -37.78694; 175.31389

University of Waikato
Te Whare Wānanga o Waikato
Motto Māori: Ko te tangata
Motto in English For The People
Established 1964
Type Public
Chancellor Jim Bolger, ONZ
Vice-Chancellor Roy Crawford
Students 12,207 (2007)[1]
Location Hamilton, New Zealand
Campus Urban

The University of Waikato (informally Waikato University, or simply Waikato) (Māori: Te Whare Wānanga o Waikato) is located in Hamilton and Tauranga, New Zealand, and was established in 1964. It has strengths across a broad range of subject areas, particularly its degrees in Computer Science and in Management. Its School of Māori and Pacific Development is acknowledged as the world centre for study in this subject area.

In 2007 over 12,000 students were enrolled at the university. More than a quarter of students were aged over 25, and over half were women. It has the highest proportion of Māori students on any campus in New Zealand. The Māori character of the campus is an important aspect of its overall identity.

The University of Waikato in Hamilton is spread over 0.67 square kilometres (170 acres) of landscaped park-like grounds, and includes extensive sporting and recreational areas surrounding three ornamental lakes. Many sporting and cultural groups are active on campus, including various international students' clubs. The university provides study facilities including modern lecture rooms and laboratories, a library of over 1,000,000 volumes, and an extensive computer network with over 800 terminals.

Academy of Performing Arts

The University of Waikato at Tauranga (formerly Tauranga University College) is smaller than the Hamilton campus. It offers 150 papers predominantly at undergraduate level.


Academic Schools and Divisions

The university consists of seven Schools of Studies (Faculties).

  • Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences
  • School of Management
  • School of Education
  • School of Science and Engineering
  • School of Computing and Mathematical Science
  • School of Law
  • School of Māori and Pacific Development

These schools offer undergraduate, graduate and postgraduate degrees in their respective subject areas.

  • Waikato Pathways College

specialises in preparing students, and in particular international students, for further study at Waikato.


The university's research involvement is varied, and it is noted for research in the management disciplines of Accounting, Finance and Human Resource Management; Computer Science, Mathematics, Science, particularly in the Biological Sciences including both Ecology, Evolution and Behaviour and Cellular, Molecular and Whole Organism Biology, and Chemistry, Education and the Social Sciences.

The University has many research facilities, including

  • Centre for Biodiversity and Ecology Research
  • Stable Isotope Unit
  • Management Research Centre
  • Technology Management and Innovation Unit
  • Centre for Labour and Trade Union Studies
  • Carbon Dating Unit
  • Honey Research Unit
  • Thermophile Research Unit
  • Antarctic Research Unit
  • International Global Change Institute

Research is further reinforced by close contact between the University and commercial or governmental research facilities located on or adjacent to the campus. Significant among them are the Ruakura Research Centre (the largest agricultural and horticultural research facility in the Southern Hemisphere), Landcare Research, National Institute for Water and Atmospheric Research (NIWA Ecosystems), and the Institute of Professional Legal Studies.

Cementing the University's role as a key New Zealand research institute is UNILink, the University's own consulting division, dedicated to national and international sourcing of commercial research contracts. As a result the University attracts the highest percentage of research income in proportion to its student population of any university in New Zealand.

Particular strengths

The Mathematics department was rated first in New Zealand on the PBRF rankings in both 2004 and 2007.

The Department of Biological Sciences earned first place rankings in both panels of PBRF: Ecology, Evolution and Behaviour and Cellular, Molecular and Whole Organism Biology. Within EEB, the department has long-term FRST funding in the areas of restoration ecology in both terrestrial and freshwater systems, reaching from urban to natural ecosystems, and from molecular ecology to environmental biology.

The School of Māori and Pacific Development is almost certainly the leading centre of academic study of things Māori; Russell Bishop is the Chair Professor. Similarly, the law school is a leading centre for research into the Treaty of Waitangi. Because of the youth of the university the library's holdings are relatively undeveloped, but there are significantly holdings of Tainui taonga.

The Computer Science department is particularly strong, with research groups in networking, machine learning (Weka), digital libraries (Greenstone), Formal methods for Software Engineering and usability.

The School of Law was founded in 1990 and follows the principles of professionalism, biculturalism and the study of law in context. The School of Law focuses on Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) as opposed to a more adversarial approach. As well as offering graduates their Bachelor of Laws (LLB), if students elect to take Commercial Transactions as well as Mediation: Laws, Principles and Practice, they may also apply for Associate status with the Arbitrators and Mediators Institute of New Zealand (AMINZ). This gives them professional status when conducting these activities and is globally recognised.

The university is co-located with Ruakura, a center for research in the primary industries.

Due to the proximity of the Waikato River and Lake Karapiro the university has excellent rowing teams and competes against University of Oxford and University of Cambridge in alternating years on the Waikato River in The Great Race.

Performance Based Research Fund Rankings

Performance Based Research Fund rankings are used to help rate different Universities in New Zealand.

In 2007 The University of Waikato was once again ranked fifth in New Zealand.

They also achieved top rankings in 10 (Only Otago received more first placings with 14) subjects areas:

  • Accounting and finance
  • Chemistry
  • Communications, journalism and media studies
  • Computer science, information technology, information sciences
  • Ecology, evolution and behaviour
  • Education
  • Management, human resources, industrial relations, international and other business
  • Molecular, cellular and whole organism biology
  • Music, literary arts and other arts
  • Pure and applied mathematics.

Their School of Computing and Mathematical Sciences, Management School and Combined School of Education were also ranked top in New Zealand.

University of Waikato delivers substantial increase in research performance

In 2006 The University of Waikato was ranked first in 9 subject areas:

  • Biology Ecology, Evolution, and Behaviour, score 5.9
  • Biology Molecular, Cellular and Whole Organism Biology, score 5.4
  • Chemistry, score 5.8
  • Computer Science, Information Technology and Information Sciences, score 4.9
  • Communications, Journalism and Media Studies, score 4.1
  • Management, Human Resources, Industrial Relations, International Business and Other Business, score 4.4
  • Accounting and Finance, score 3.5
  • Pure and Applied Mathematics, score 6.0
  • Music, Literary Arts and Other Arts, score 5.3

In 2004 the University came first in:

  • Pure and Applied Mathematics, score 5.7
  • Chemistry, 5.1
  • Computer Science, Information Technology and Information Sciences, 4.7
  • Molecular, Cellular and Whole Organism Biology, 4.2
  • Communications, Journalism and Media Studies, 3.8
  • Management, Human Resources, Industrial Relations, International Business and Other Business, 3.4
  • Accounting and Finance. 2.8

University does well in PBRF

The 2003 evaluation found Waikato to be fifth out of New Zealand's eight universities.

Academic year

The academic year runs from March to November. It is divided into two semesters by a four-week study break in June/July. Most schools within the University offer a mid-year intake so it is possible to enrol in the March-June or the July-November semesters, as well as in the year-long program. Summer School is available for many courses and allows students to accelerate the completion of their degree. The International MBA is taught over one year and begins in July.

The summer school semester runs from the beginning of January to the end of February.

International students

Waikato has a strong commitment to attracting international students. In 2002 the University had over 1500 international students from more than 60 different countries, particularly from the Pacific Rim and Asia regions. There are also a growing number of students from diverse places such as Nepal, Eritrea, Mongolia, Ukraine, and various African countries. Many international students start at Waikato by enrolling in a one-year Certificate of Attainment in Foundation Studies. This prepares students from a non-English background for university study in New Zealand. Courses in English for students from non English speaking backgrounds are also offered through the University of Waikato Language Institute.

The University has approximately 1000 places in accommodation available for students, a number of which are set aside specifically for international students. Many students choose to stay in the University Halls of Residence during their first year, and then move into a student flat (private rental accommodation) in subsequent years. Hamilton is an inexpensive city to live in for students on a limited budget.

Post Graduate Student Association

The Post Graduate Student Association was a development that come about as a need in the performance Based Research Funding (PBRF) environment. The group of students looked after the Masters and PhD students interest and had Dr Peter Hodder as a contact person appointed by Professor Richard Bedford at the time Pro Vice Chancellor Academic. Past presidents of the PGSA are 2002-2004 Gareth, 2004-2005 Roddy Young, 2005- Caroline. The outline of PGSA activities are here.

Student Center Development

In November 2008 work began on one of the largest construction projects in the university's lifetime, this involved the upgrade and total rebuilding of the main library at the Hamilton campus.

The library which will transform into the "Student Center" (yet to be offically named) is costing an estimated $33.4 million and is expected to take around 4 years to complete. The student center will be the first library in Australasia to fully generate its own power, earning it a 5 star green building award.

Once finished, the Student Center will include 6 levels, 2 new cafes, a new bookshop and various other amenities. The Law Library will be situated on the 5th floor.

The Student Center and recent rebuilding of the Village Green (formerly the uni shops) have been two developments which reflect the university's aim to provide the most modern facilities possible.

University Restructuring

In August 2009 University magazine Nexus gained information that the university was preparing to restructure its faculty and schools of study in response to a high increase in student numbers.

The proposed restructuring will create 4 new faculties of study:

  • Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
  • Faculty of Law and Management
  • Faculty of Human Development and Education
  • Faculty of Natural Sciences and Engineering

The faculties will contain "Schools" which were previously departments within the old school of study system.

The University of Waikato has also stated it is intending on further restricting student numbers into its programs from 2010 onwards.

Staff and students have until November 2009 to submit submissions in regards to the proposed changes.

Waikato University Alumni

The Waikato University Alumni is made up of past students at Waikato University and staff. The numbers of Alumni have steadily built from 1964 to number around 100,000. Seen as an important part of the development on the university the Alumni is looking at new ways to be more interactive with the Alumni members.

Other Notable features

The University rowing team is particularly strong. In 2002 the university started challenging a rowing team from another university to compete against it in the Great Race for the Harry Mahon Memorial Trophy. This has become an important annual event in Hamilton.

2002 Waikato vs Cambridge University Won by Waikato
2003 Waikato vs Oxford University Won by Waikato
2004 Waikato vs Cambridge University Won by Cambridge
2005 Waikato vs University of Washington Won by Waikato
2006 Waikato vs Cambridge University Won by Waikato
2007 Waikato vs Harvard University Won by Waikato
2008 Waikato vs Cambridge University (Males) Won by Cambridge
2008 Waikato vs Sydney University (Females) Won by Waikato
2009 Waikato vs Oxford University (Males) Won by Waikato
2009 Waikato vs Sydney University (Females) Won by Sydney

Sport and Leisure opportunities

There are a number of Sport and Leisure activities close to the University of Waikato that students can participate in. A wide variety of social and also competitive activities, they are all within walking distance from the University.


The Unirec Centre

The Unirec Centre offers people with an opportunity of cheap exercise and a wide variety of social sports. The Unirec Centre offers a cardio studio with different cardio equipment, weight room, REV indoor cycling, squash courts and a sports hall. The Unirec centre also offers a wide variety of exercise programmes, and is able to offer a personalised exercise programme for individuals.

Membership options

The Unirec Centre offers a wide variety of membership options, Health and Wellbeing Clubs, Group Exercise Classes, Personal Exercise Programmes, Squash, Social Sport and more.[2]

ASB Social Sport

ASB Social Sport offers a variety of social indoor and outdoor sport. The indoor social sports start in March and have 6 leagues that goes until the beginning of November. The sports offered are Netball[3], Soccer[4] and Volleyball[5]. The leagues take place at the Unirec Centre. All the indoor leagues are $150 per team. The Outdoor sports offered are Touch[6], and Soccer[7].

Sport and Clubs

The University of Waikato has a variety of different sport clubs. University Netball, Team Waikato, Rowing Club, Unicol Soccer, Hockey Club and Rugby Club [8].

The University also have a wide variety of partner clubs and sports[9].


The Don Llewellyn Sports Pavilion is the home of the University’s sport teams. It provides changing rooms for home and away teams, and is a perfect place to socialise for players and supporters after a game. It also offers a place to meet for the public and it’s perfect to relax and have something to drink. The Pavilion is located next to the University fields for rugby, cricket and soccer and the tennis and netball courts.[10].

The University campus swimming pools are open for public from 1 December to 31 March from 12 pm to 6 pm. The pools include a 50 meter aquatic leisure pool and a diving pool. They are unheated.[11].

See also



The University of Waikato is located on many different sites

Scientific Instrumentation

The University has a large number of instruments available to assist research. These include

  • A 300 MHz and a 400 MHz NMR
  • ESMS
  • GCMS
  • LC-MS
  • Malvern Mastersizer and Zetasizer
  • Waters HPLC
  • Tensile testers
  • Viscometers
  • AA
  • X-ray diffraction equipment
  • Scanning Electron Microscopy (SEM) with EDAX and Transmission Electron Microscopy (TEM)
  • Liquid nitrogen, for University use only
  • IR and UV/Vis Spectrometers
  • FTIR Microscopy
  • Stopped-flow spectrometer
  • Raman spectroscopy
  • Polarimetry
  • Luminescence spectrometer
  • Electron spin resonance

Some instruments are available for hire to external users

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