The University of Waikato
The University of Waikato heads into its second fifty years with a powerful reputation and genuine sense of its place in the NZ higher education system. In 2014 Waikato was the 44th rated global university under 50 years old out of more than 5000 eligible institutions.
Waikato could be described as strong in arts and social sciences, strong in Education (top 50 in the world – QS rankings) and strong in management through the Waikato Management School. Another valued strength is in the university’s Maori and Pacific Development programmes. When the internet was first available in New Zealand, it was at the University of Waikato. They have stayed at the front of the technology wave ever since, and this is reflected in many of the university’s innovative, technological-based courses today.
Waikato has over 12,000 full time students, with just over 2,000 of these coming from overseas and adding considerably to the student mix.
Study in one of Waikato’s seven faculties or schools
The Waikato Management School is the university’s largest faculty or school with 2500 students. Education (2300) and Arts & Social Sciences (2150) are similar large faculties while the others at Waikato include the Faculty of Science & Engineering (1100 students), Faculty of Computing & Mathematical Sciences (900), Faculty of Law and the School of Māori & Pacific Development.
Hamilton is a vibrant, growing city with all the amenities students want. The city offers a fun nightlife, great beaches within easy drive and is a short motorway drive to the many attractions Auckland offers. And without the costs too – a flat in Hamilton will cost between $90-120 each week compared to maybe $200 less than two hours up the road.
Accommodation options come with built in social life
Waikato has four on campus Halls of Residence, the biggest being College Hall (26 student residents), Student Village (250 students) and Bryant Hall (178 students). All hostel accomodation is based around single rooms and residents being catered for three meals each day. Apartment and self-catering accomodation is also available.
Living in the halls comes with a built-in social life, from organised events such as balls, dinners and inter-hall sports competitions to spur-of-the-moment adventures that build lifelong memories. And given Waikato’s history with the internet in NZ, naturally internet/wi-fi access in hostels and around the university is free.
Partnership brings Waikato to the Bay of Plenty
As well as the 65-hectare university complex in Hamilton, Waikato also teaches students in Tauranga as part of a partnership with the former Bay of Plenty Polytechnic, Te Whare Wānanga o Awanuiārangi and former Waiariki Institute of Technology. The Bay of Plenty Tertiary Education Partnership offers the chance for students to not just start a university degree programme but to undertake bridging, Certificate and Diploma courses that in turn can lead on seamlessly to degree study with Waikato.
And if it’s time to get out of Hamilton or Tauranga, perhaps you can arrange to study for a semester or two at one of the 50 linked universities through Europe, Asia, Australia and North America.
University of Waikato main website