Waikato Management School 50th Anniversary

Celebrate 50 years of excellence at Waikato Management School. Discover our rich history, impactful alumni and innovative research.

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50 Years of Innovation

In 1972, the Waikato Management School set out to be a trailblazer in business education.

Fifty years on and 24,000 graduates later, we are proud that same bold spirit of innovation remains hardwired into our DNA today. We have also grown significantly – in both size and reputation. 

#1 in NZ for Business & Economics

This year we were named #1 in NZ for Business & Economics (Times Higher Education Rankings), and we are in the top 1% of business schools globally with our prestigious Triple Crown Accreditation.

Find out how our journey started and where we’re heading next.

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50 Years of History

From prefabs to Prime Ministers, and everything in between, our 50-year history is rich in milestones to be proud of.


50 Years of Impact

From innovative entrepreneurs to high-flying CEOs, our global alumni from Waikato Management School are making a positive impact all over the world.

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50 Years of Memories

Take a trip down memory lane with this selection of nostalgic anecdotes about WMS. Find out how you can share your own memories with us.