University of Waikato welcomes prospective students

16 May 2014

Open day

Open day: Waikato University welcomed nearly 4000 onto its campus on Open Day.

The University of Waikato opened its doors to secondary school students from all over the North Island at its annual Open Day on Friday 16 May.

Nearly 3700 mainly year 12 and 13 students from 126 schools from Kaitaia to Wellington, and Hawke’s Bay to Taranaki attended the Open Day.

From Hamilton Boys’ High School, year 13 students Anthony Schneider, Codi Merito and Rishi Khattar enjoyed eating frozen Twisties handed out by Garon the Wizard at the chemistry display in S Block.

“Waikato University Open Day is cool as,” says Anthony.

“I’m possibly interested in studying medicine, but I’m also interested in engineering. I didn’t
know Waikato offered engineering as an option,” says Rishi.

Open day

Waikato Wizardry: Hamilton Boys’ High School year 13 students Anthony Schneider, Codi Merito and Rishi Khattar checking out the chemistry display at Open Day.

Each faculty put on a range of activities and mini-lectures designed to showcase study options, facilities, lifestyle and academic excellence of the University. Mini-lectures covered topics such as “Is time-travel possible?”, “Calvin and Hobbes: Saving stupid people from themselves” and “Magic, tourism and Disney”.  There were also tours of Halls of Residence.

Community Open Day

Open Day is followed tomorrow by Community Open Day. View the Community Open Day programme.

In its 50th anniversary year, the University has been ranked 44th out of 5000 universities by the influential Times Higher Education Top 100 universities under 50 years old list. Times Higher Education also ranks the University of Waikato as among the top 2% of the 17,000 universities worldwide while five subjects are ranked in the top 150 in the world.

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