About the University of Waikato

The University of Waikato is committed to delivering a world-class education and research portfolio, providing a full and dynamic university experience, distinctive in character, and pursuing strong international links to advance knowledge. We stand proudly on the world stage as a provider of future-focused, international education and an active player in global research. Our rankings reflect these strengths.

Our Mission is to combine the creation of new knowledge through research, scholarship and creative works with the dissemination of knowledge through teaching, publication, and performance for the benefit of society.

The University of Waikato was officially opened in 1964. Today Waikato University is home to more than 12,000 students and has continued to be a breeding ground for independent thought and progressive learning. In 1989 (with a little help from NASA) we connected New Zealand to the Internet before going on to become the first University in New Zealand to have cyber-graduates, completing their teaching degrees online.

Our Hamilton campus now covers 68 hectares and is a far cry from its modest beginnings in 1964 on what was largely farmland, with a handful of temporary buildings and a few staff.

In 1998 we took a major initiative into Tauranga and formed an alliance with the Bay of Plenty Polytechnic to facilitate teaching in the Western Bay of Plenty. For the first time courses became available taught completely face-to-face in a city outside of Hamilton. In 2001 the first students from The University of Waikato at Tauranga graduated at a ceremony held in Tauranga.

In 2019 we opened a custom built campus building in the heart of the Tauranga CBD, with substantial support from the local community, which is set to grow our Tauranga presence over the next few years.

For further up detailed information please look at the About Us section of the University of Waikato website.