The University of Waikato holds the *Triple Crown accreditation; AACSB, EQUIS and AMBA. Only 51 out of 3,900 university business schools worldwide have that distinction.
The University of Waikato is one of New Zealand's most modern and innovative universities, based in the river city of Hamilton, with a satellite campus located in Tauranga. We are home to more than 13,000 students including close to 2,000 international students from over 70 countries.
The University has a distinctive New Zealand character derived from our region. Waikato is the Maori name meaning “flowing water”, a name we share with New Zealand’s longest river and our home province. At Waikato, students can combine major and supporting subjects from over 3000 courses, providing a sound basis for future employment or further study.
Established in 1964, the University is spread over a beautifully landscaped 68 hectare campus, a short distance from the centre of Hamilton. Hamilton is New Zealand’s fourth largest city located in the North Island, 90 minutes drive south of Auckland. It has a population of 143,000 people and is central to many of New Zealand’s most popular tourist attractions and outdoor activities – surfing, skiing, whitewater rafting, hiking, caving, climbing, kayaking to name a few. Scenic river walks, numerous parks and gardens, and a growing café and restaurant culture enable students to enjoy a relaxed yet cosmopolitan environment, with a lower cost of living than many other New Zealand cities.
The West Coast (Tasman Sea) is only 40 minutes from Hamilton and offers the peaceful lifestyle town of Raglan complete with isolated beaches and excellent surfing. Sixty minutes away are the beautiful endless white sand beaches and surf resorts of the Bay of Plenty (Pacific Ocean) where our Tauranga campus is located.
New Zealand’s largest winter ski areas are less than three hours drive to the south. Two of the best surfing beaches in New Zealand are located between 45-90 minutes drive away to the east and west of the city. To the south, the cities of Rotorua and Taupo offer an enormous range of Māori, geothermal, and adventure sport activities and attractions. Forest parks, lakes, thermal hot pools and limestone caves can be found all over the Waikato region. Lake Karapiro, only 25 minutes drive from Hamilton, offers world class rowing and other water sport activities. Fishing, tramping and mountain biking are also well catered for. If you're not claustrophobic you could head underground and experience the thrill of caving - float through limestone caves on inner tubes or even abseil down into the famous 'Lost World' at Waitomo Caves, just 40 minutes drive from Hamilton. Fishing, tramping, mountain biking are particularly well catered for, with the Waikato becoming the extreme sports capital of New Zealand.
There are many sports and activity clubs on campus in which students can become involved. Students enjoy a wide variety of commercial and recreational facilities, including an extensive indoor recreation center, theatres, game rooms, lounges and cafeterias, centers of worship, large sports grounds, and a summer swimming and diving pool. If your particular hobby or sport is not offered on campus, the Clubs office will put you in touch with a community club. The Academy of Performing Arts provides a continuous calendar of high quality theatre and music, including the bi-annual Festival of New Zealand Theatre. Also, students can attend discounted student screenings of recently released major movies on campus throughout the semester.
The University of Waikato believes in innovation and forward thinking and is constantly developing programmes to cater to the world’s changing industry environment. The University of Waikato is committed to research excellence. In the nationwide research rankings completed in 2007, Waikato ranked #1 in New Zealand in: accounting and finance; chemistry; communication and media studies; computer science, information technology and information sciences; ecology, evolution and behaviour; general business; human resources; industrial relations; international business; management; molecular, cellular and whole organisms biology; pure and applied mathematics; music, literary arts and other arts. The University has many academic staff working with international government and non-government organisations.
Academic regulations give students flexibility to combine major and supporting subjects according to their individual interests and abilities, with semester study abroad students often able to take courses across several schools of study and disciplines. International students are encouraged to take courses exploring New Zealand and Pacific society.
Waikato’s first equal ranking in Chemistry and first in molecular biology played a significant part in the decision to invest NZ$1.3 million in new state-of-the-art technologies for molecular research.
The University of Waikato is accredited by The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB). AACSB International is an association of more than 1,100 educational institutions, businesses, and other organizations in 70 countries, devoted to the advancement of higher education in management education. It is also the premier accrediting agency of collegiate business schools and accounting programs offering undergraduate, master and doctoral degrees worldwide (http://www.aacsb.edu/).
*The Triple Crown of accreditations means we have international accreditation from the world’s foremost accrediting bodies – AACSB, EQUIS and AMBA. Just 1% of business schools worldwide have this Triple Crown endorsement, so it puts us among a select group of institutions globally and means the Business School is benchmarked against the best in the world. In order to achieve accreditation, faculties are examined in depth by academics from business schools around the world who examine all aspects of their staff qualifications, programmes, planning and management. In addition, reviewers interview staff and students to ensure they’re receiving consistent and valid information.