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University of Waikato

Waikato University stands proudly on the world stage as a provider of future-focused, international education and an active player in global research. Our global rankings reflect these strengths.

We are committed to ensuring our students can easily transition from the classroom into the work-place. Course content includes both theoretical and practical components and in recent years, we have offered more than 2000 industry placements and internships each year.

The University of Waikato has campuses in Hamilton and Tauranga. Hamilton is New Zealand's fourth largest and fastest growing cities, vibrant and multi-cultural it is where our main campus is located. Our brand new Tauranga CBD campus opened in 2019!

Type Public research university
Established 1964; 58 years ago
Chancellor Sir Anand Satyanand
Vice-Chancellor Neil Quigle
Administrative staff
Students 10,448 (2020)
Location Hamilton, Waikato, New Zealand
Campus Suburban
Colours UW Red, Gold and Black
Affiliations EUA, ACU, UUK, UI

World Ranking

We are proud to be ranked among the top third of all ranked universities worldwide according to the 2022 QS World University Rankings. Our research tackles issues of national and global importance and our lecturers are friendly and helpful. Choose from a range of study options,including nine global-ranked subject areas (2021 QS World University Subject Rankings):

  • Accounting and Finance
  • Business and Management Studies
  • Communication and Media Studies
  • Computer Science
  • Economics
  • Education
  • English Language and Literature
  • Environmental Sciences
  • Sociology

TRIPLE CROWN ACCREDITATION Waikato Management School is in the top 1% of business schools globally, having achieved Triple Crown Accreditation from AACSB, AMBA and EQUIS. This is an international benchmark of excellence in business education


Our QS Stars five-star rating confirms our status as a world-class university with a high reputation for employment, cutting-edge facilities, internationally renowned research, outstanding teaching and student satisfaction.


The University's unique Employability Plus Programme gives Waikato students a head start and provides opportunities for students to gain work-ready skills through volunteer activity, University participation and attending workshops. For more information visit

Available Transfer Pathways:

Engineering Programmes

  • Bachelor of Engineering with Honours in Software Engineering
  • Bachelor of Engineering with Honours in Civil Engineering
  • Bachelor of Engineering with Honours in Electrical and Electronic Engineering
  • Bachelor of Engineering with Honours in Materials and Process Engineering
  • Bachelor of Engineering with Honours in Mechanical Engineering
  • Bachelor of Engineering with Honours in Mechatronics Engineering

Computing Programmes

  • Bachelor of Science in Computer Science
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