SDG #4 Quality Education

Ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all

World-leading teacher education programme

Free papers for staff to support lifelong learning

Comprehensive array of flexible study programmes catering to people from all walks of life

The University of Waikato has around 13,000 students and 1,500 staff and is committed to delivering a world-class education whilst respecting our local context. Our University proudly sits on Waikato-Tainui (tribal) lands and recognises the Treaty of Waitangi as being at the heart of every educational decision we make. Diversity, equity and inclusion feature prominently in our Academic Plan. We embrace our motto Ko Te Tangata - For The People - and ensure we provide wrap-around pastoral and learning support to our diverse community of learners enabling them to not only succeed but excel.

Some things we are especially proud of

Our world-leading teacher education programme and myriad research groups focused on improving education outcomes.

Generous visiting and borrowing provisions for the public at our libraries including free ongoing access to all alumni.

Our data-driven learner success programme called Ōritetanga which helps pinpoint achievement gaps using machine learning.

Fees-free tuition for staff so they can embrace lifelong learning.

Year-round professorial public lectures and other events such as Kaupapa Kōrero offered free to the general public.

Dedicated centre called Te Puna Ako to support both staff with their teaching and students with study skills.

Multiple pathways to help future students meet entry criteria and close monitoring and support to maximise student success.

Commitment to the development of Māori teachers, including scholarships, mentorship and targeted support to schools to help develop those already in the workforce.

Bringing lectures to life with storytelling

We were proud to see Associate Professor Kristine Moffat receive a 2020 Ako Aotearoa Tertiary Teaching Excellence Award for her success in transmitting her love for stories to others.  A passionate teacher of literature, she brings lectures alive for her students in many creative ways, providing a safe space to encourage them to take risks and make discoveries.  She also shares her passion for creative teaching and assessment with her colleagues through mentoring and development workshops.

“I want my students to be active agents in their own learning, not just passive recipients. I want to engage the head and heart, cognition and emotion.”


Our world-leading teacher education programme

Te Kura Toi Tangata School of Education is committed to enhancing education through the three interconnected disciplines of teaching, research and professional learning.  They offer a range of undergraduate and postgraduate qualifications with flexible delivery options.  Students can also opt to study education through a social science lens, examining the role education plays in our lives and how social and cultural settings shape our development.  Te Wahi Toi Tangata Institute of Professional Learning provides high-quality professional learning opportunities across the education sector in New Zealand, offering a host of workshops for teachers in areas ranging from enhancing student agency to improving engagement with families and gifted education.


New scheme to address critical teacher shortage

We worked with twelve Auckland secondary schools in 2020 to develop a new model of teacher education that enables trainee teachers to complete their studies while immersed in a school environment – for free.  The initiative was designed to address the critical teacher shortage and make it more attractive for people to move into teaching. Pro Vice-Chancellor, Te Kura Toi Tangata School of Education, Don Klinger played a key role in the new scheme and says:

"It provides an enriched school context for a cohort of students to be immersed in while completing their teacher education programme."


Nurturing sustainability champions in business 

The Waikato Management School was the first business school in New Zealand to embed sustainability within its education programmes and the first Australasian business school to be accepted into the Academy of Business in Society (ABIS).  Management students can pursue a Master of Management Studies specialising in Management and Sustainability where they focus on issues of environmental management and corporate social responsibility. The Master of Business Administration also places a strong focus on sustainability.


Transforming education for Māori students

We are enormously proud of the work led by Professor Mere Berryman and her colleagues at Poutama Pounamu for their work which has spanned more than two decades, helping to indigenise the culture of schools and other education centres around New Zealand and decolonise the structures of these same settings. Poutama Pounamu offers both in-school facilitation, in-school blended learning and an ongoing Master's programme.  They are helping create more equitable opportunities for Māori children so they can develop their potential and take their rightful place in society.

Lecturer with drone

New programme for Covid-19 career changers

2020 saw us launch a new Fast Track engineering programme. The programme enables people working in allied industries to slash the time it takes to complete a Bachelor of Engineering with Honours and meet the growing demand for professional engineers spurred in part by new infrastructure investment as a result of Covid-19. It proved a popular option for those like Dean Morris, for whom the pandemic prompted a career rethink.