Research Vision

The University of Waikato is one of New Zealand’s major research organisations, playing a key role in the local economy and making a significant contribution to the national innovation system. We are at the centre of a network of research institutions and industry in the Waikato that is responsible for a significant proportion of this nation’s research output – an engine room for our country’s social and economic development.

We are committed to creating and building knowledge and technologies for the future. We deliver a world-class research portfolio within a dynamic and distinctive university environment with strong international connections.

Successful strategies for the future need innovation and sustainability. Business profitability, healthy populations and a living planet depend upon it. Our commitment to sustainable development permeates all of our research to provide support for business, for the environment, and for our wider population.

We have developed, or are in the process of developing, world-class research platforms that take us all the way through the research pipeline from discovery to application and commercialisation. Sustainability in all its forms – environmental, economic, social and cultural – is a strong emerging theme in many of these research platforms.

By its nature, sustainability is future-focussed and rooted in new ways of thinking and new ways of tackling old problems. The University of Waikato is proud to lay claim to leading the way to a sustainable future.

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