The University of Waikato (Māori: Te Whare Wānanga o Waikato), informally Waikato University, is a comprehensive university in Hamilton, New Zealand established in 1964, with a satellite campus located in Tauranga.
|University of Waikato|
Te Whare Wānanga o Waikato
Coat of Arms of the University of Waikato
|Motto||Māori: Ko te tangata|
Motto in English
|For The People|
|Chancellor||Jim Bolger, ONZ|
|1,483 (FTS, 2014)|
|Students||9,904 (EFTS, 2016)|
|Location||Hamilton, Waikato, |
|Affiliations||ACU, ASAIHL, |
AACSB, AMBA, EQUIS
The University of Waikato began in 1956 after Hamilton locals launched a petition for a university to serve the needs of the South Auckland region. The group was led by Douglas Seymour, a barrister, and subsequently Anthony "Rufus" Rogers, a Hamilton GP and brother to long-time Mayor of Hamilton, Denis Rogers. Their campaign coincided with a shortage of teachers in the 1950s that prompted the New Zealand government to consider plans for a teachers’ college in the region. In 1960, the newly established Hamilton Teachers’ College opened its doors, and combined with the fledgling university (then a branch of Auckland University), began a joint campus on farmland at Hillcrest, on the city's outskirts.
At this time the University comprised a School of Humanities and a School of Social Sciences. In 1969 a School of Science (now the Faculty of Science and Engineering).was established. This was followed by the creation of Waikato Management School in 1972, Computer Science and Computing Services (which ultimately became the Faculty of Computing and Mathematical Sciences) in 1973, and the establishment of the School, now Faculty, of Law in 1990.
From the beginning, it was envisaged that Māori studies should be a key feature of the new University, and the Centre for Māori Studies and Research was set up in the School of Social Sciences in 1972. A separate School of Māori and Pacific Development was formally established in 1996. In 1999, the original Schools of Humanities and Social Sciences were merged to form the School (later Faculty) of Arts and Social Sciences. In 2010, the tertiary partnership was widened to include Te Whare Wānanga o Awanuiārangi in the Eastern Bay of Plenty,
In 2014, the University became smoke-free, disallowing smoking on campus and in University-owned vehicles.
The Faculty of Law was founded in 1990 and is one of seven faculties that make up the University. The Faculty is located on the southeast side of the Hillcrest Campus in Hamilton, accessible from Hillcrest Road. The Law Faculty is also located at the Tauranga campus.
The Law Faculty adopted the principles of professionalism, biculturalism and the study of law in context. One of the key founders of the Waikato Faculty of Law was the 27th Speaker of the House Margaret Wilson who returned to the faculty as a professor in January 2009.
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The chief executive of the University of Waikato is the vice-chancellor, currently Professor Neil Quigley. The University is governed by a council, headed by the University's Chancellor, who is currently former New Zealand prime minister Rt Hon James B Bolger ONZ.
The University Council works with Te Rōpū Manukura, made up of representatives of the 16 iwi (Māori tribal) authorities in the University's catchment area. Te Rōpū Manukura is the Kaitiaki (guardian) of the Treaty of Waitangi for the University of Waikato, and acts to ensure that the University works in partnership with iwi to meet tertiary needs and aspirations of Māori communities.
The following list shows the university's chancellors:
The University of Waikato operates from two campuses, Hamilton, and Tauranga. Undergraduate degrees are also offered through a satellite location on the campus of Zhejiang University City College in Hangzhou. The main Hamilton campus is spread over 64 hectares of landscaped gardens and lakes, and includes extensive sporting and recreational areas. In Tauranga, the University shares campuses with the Bay of Plenty Polytechnic at Windermere Campus and the Bongard Centre in Tauranga's CBD. The Hamilton campus was originally farmland. Designed by architect John Blake-Kelly in 1964, the open space landscaping contains extensive native plantings, including a fernery, centred around three artificial lakes, created by draining marshy paddocks.
The Student Centre officially opened in 2011 by Waikato alumnus Governor-General Jerry Mateparae.
In the latest 2018 QS rankings, The University of Waikato leapt more than 100 places in three years to 292nd place – in the top 1.1 percent of the world's 26,000 universities.
Graduate Nathan Cohen (BMS; 2012) is a two-time world champion and Olympic champion in rowing. The university also has current prime minister of New Zealand Jacinda Ardern as a notable alumna.
The Waikato Students' Union represents all students on campus, and publishes the student magazine Nexus. Law students are represented by the University of Waikato Law Students' Association, Te Whakahiapo (the Māori law students' association), and the Pacific Law Students' Association.