Welcome from the Vice-Chancellor
Kia ora and welcome to the University of Waikato.
I extend a special welcome to all of our students this year, especially those who, like me, are starting their first year at this University.
This year brings a fresh start as we embark on a post-50th anniversary future guided by our commitment to excellence. The pursuit of excellence is embedded within the culture of every great university, and the University of Waikato is no different. During the course of this year members of the University community will be engaging in discussions about what we need to do to continue that focus on excellence over the next 50 years, and some of the major projects that will be implementing as part of that commitment over the next five years.
Distinctiveness is also a feature of the University of Waikato. In its 50-year history the University has demonstrated a commitment to innovation and to serving the needs of the community that was the driving force behind its creation. The University of Waikato has an emphasis on work placement and community engagement as part of its teaching programmes, and an outstanding track record for engaging in applied research that applies the highest levels of scholarship to the analysis and solution of real world problems. It also has links with some of the best universities in the world, providing you with outstanding overseas study opportunities at undergraduate and graduate level.
Our ties with iwi, our proud Māori heritage and our high proportion of Māori students set us apart from other universities. These links show the rest of New Zealand what the partnership between Māori and Pākehā means in tertiary education. March sees us continue with our strategic partnership of Te Matatini – New Zealand’s premier kapa haka festival. This year’s festival is in Christchurch and will bring together the best kapa haka groups from New Zealand and Australia, including those involving staff and students from the University of Waikato.
I’m looking forward to getting out and about on campus, meeting students and experiencing the vibrant campus culture that this University has to offer. I encourage you all to make the most of the clubs, societies and activities on campus to make sure your experience here is a memorable one. Be sure, also, to take advantage of the learning support that is available to assist you in achieving at the highest level in your programme of study.
The University of Waikato is an excellent place to begin your journey and I wish you every success for the year ahead.
Professor Neil Quigley