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Welcome from the Vice-Chancellor


Kia ora and welcome to the University of Waikato for A Semester 2014, a very significant year for us as we celebrate our first 50 years. We look forward to welcoming you on campus and sharing the exciting journey you have ahead.

Roy Crawford, Vice Chancellor of the University of Waikato

There is no better time to be enrolling at an institution ranked in the top 2% or universities worldwide and as we mark our first 50 years there are exciting developments in place to ensure the next 50 are even more memorable.

For those of you who are beginning your studies this semester, I know you will enjoy your time with us. Work hard, aim high and you will soon be joining the ever-growing list of alumni ensuring the University of Waikato name is highly respected on the world stage.

This year the University of Waikato is offering several new courses in A Semester, adding to the wide portfolio of qualifications delivered on a 65-hectare campus we believe is the most attractive in New Zealand.

Work is constantly underway to further develop the campus, with construction of the new multi-million dollar Law and Management building now taking place. When completed, it will create a string of three iconic campus facilities with the Gallagher Academy of Performing Arts at the bottom of campus, the Student Centre in the heart of the campus and the new Law and Management building on Hillcrest Road.

The new building reflects the University's drive to provide a rich learning environment for our students.

We are a research-led university and the recent national quality evaluation exercise for research has confirmed our students have ready access to world-leading researchers. By enrolling at the University of Waikato you can be confident you will receive a world-class education and a student experience second to none.

We are New Zealand's connected university and we have strong relationships with organisations, institutions and groups around the world. We are also characterised by innovation such as opening New Zealand's first cyber security lab and delivering New Zealand's first Massive Open Online Course (MOOC).

It is that sort of leadership and innovation, coupled with our unique campus-based experience that makes the University of Waikato the ideal place to begin your journey.

I am proud to lead a University which offers a dynamic learning environment for our diverse student population and I encourage you to make the most of your time with us in the University of Waikato family.

Professor Roy Crawford

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