Welcome from the Acting Vice-Chancellor
Kia ora and welcome to the University of Waikato.
This year heralds a fresh start for the university as we embark on a post-50th anniversary future and welcome a new Vice-Chancellor, Professor Neil Quigley.
Professor Quigley will join us in February from his current position as Provost at Victoria University in Wellington, where he also spent seven years as Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research) and held a number of senior leadership roles. Professor Quigley brings with him a wealth of academic and strategic leadership experience, and he is looking forward to being a part of this unique, progressive university.
I extend a special welcome to those of you who are in your first year of study with us. I encourage you to work hard and aim high with your studies, and you will soon join an ever-growing list of alumni who are excelling in their careers all around the world. There are numerous clubs, societies and activities on campus for you to take advantage of and to help ensure your first year of study with us is a memorable one.
Further enhancing our student experience will be the completion of the much-anticipated Law and Management Building, due to open later this year. Once completed, it will form a string of iconic buildings across campus, from the Gallagher Academy of Performing Arts by the lakes to the state of the art Student Centre in the heart of campus, up to the new Law and Management Building on Hillcrest Road.
This stunning new building reflects the University’s drive to provide a rich learning environment for our students.
This year also sees us continue our strategic support of New Zealand’s premier cultural event, Te Matatini. This iconic festival brings together the best kapa haka groups from New Zealand and Australia, and as a university with a distinct Māori heritage, we are proud to once again be a strategic partner of the event, which will be held in Christchurch in March.
Of course, no year at the University of Waikato is complete without graduation, and I look forward to congratulating graduates in our Hamilton and Tauranga ceremonies and on our marae graduation on campus, in April. You can be extremely proud to gain a qualification from a university that is characterised by its research and innovation.
At the University of Waikato we are New Zealand’s connected university and we have increasingly strong relationships with organisations, institutions and groups around the world. It is this sort of leadership and innovation that makes the University of Waikato the best place to begin your journey.
We are proud to offer a learning experience for a diverse student population and I encourage you to make the most of your time here at the University of Waikato.
Professor Alister Jones