Fundraising Priorities

The University of Waikato Foundation's priorities make the most of the philanthropic gifts we receive. These priorities include the development of our campuses, positions for talented academics, and scholarships for students.


Private investment in scholarships and prizes directly supports students, and lets us redirect University resources towards other strategic priorities. Scholarships can remove entry barriers to a university education, celebrate excellence or advance research.

Academic chairs

A University Chair is a focal point for attracting local and international research talent. By endowing a Chair, you can facilitate the development of a cluster of excellence in a discipline or subject area, which in turn attracts further research funding.

Capital projects

Our Tauranga CBD campus is on target to open to students in 2019, and our 20-year strategic master plan for our main Hamilton campus is approved through to 2037.


Investment in research is critical if New Zealand is to be well-equipped to take advantage of emerging technologies and to step into the top ranks of equivalent OECD countries. Research is also key to attracting and retaining the best and brightest minds.

The University of Waikato Endowment Fund

The University is now into its sixth decade, and the time has come to demonstrate our institutional maturity by prioritising the growth of our Endowment Fund, which will allow the strategic investment of interest earned.


You can support the University of Waikato by making provision in your will. If you are planning to leave a bequest or legacy, it can be unrestricted (allowing the University to respond to changing priorities and apply the funds to areas of greatest need), or subject to specific directions.