3. The Role of the University of Waikato

Consistent with its statutory role as a New Zealand university under section 162 of the Education Act 1989, the University of Waikato

  1. is primarily concerned with more advanced learning, the principal aim being to develop intellectual independence
  2. delivers research and teaching that are closely interdependent, with most of the teaching done by people who are active in research
  3. meets international standards of research and teaching
  4. is a repository of knowledge and expertise
  5. accepts a role as critic and conscience of society.

The University plans and operates in accordance with its Charter (http://www.waikato.ac.nz/about/corporate/charter.shtml) and Vision (http://www.waikato.ac.nz/about/corporate/vision.shtml).

Its Mission, as stated in its Charter, is ‘To combine the creation of knowledge through research, scholarship and creative works with the dissemination of knowledge through teaching, publication and performance’.

The University’s motto ‘Ko Te Tangata’, symbolises our commitment to our role under the Treaty of Waitangi. It also emphasises the role of collegiality and the importance that we place on people.

We apply the following values in all our activities and operations:

  • Partnership with Māori /Tū ngātahi me te Māori
  • Acting with integrity / Mahi pono
  • Celebrating diversity / Whakanui i ngā huarahi hou
  • Promoting creativity / Whakarewa i te hiringa i te mahara.

Standards of entrance to the University are determined and monitored by an inter-university body established under the Education Act 1989, the New Zealand Vice-Chancellors’ Committee (Universities New Zealand), which also determines and monitors standards for the quality and accreditation of the University’s qualifications.

Like all other New Zealand universities, the University of Waikato is subject to regular and rigorous academic audit by the New Zealand Universities Academic Audit Unit. The frameworks for these external audits support and enhance the institution’s own ongoing programmes of self-review and quality assurance.



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