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Auckland University of Technology (AUT)

Established 2000
Type Public
Chancellor Sir Paul Reeves
Vice-Chancellor Derek McCormack
Students 25,750 total (2005)
Location Auckland, New Zealand
Affiliations ASAIHL
Website www.aut.ac.nz

The Auckland University of Technology (AUT University) is the newest university in New Zealand (NZ), formed on 1 January 2000 when the Auckland Institute of Technology was granted university status. Its primary campus is on Wellesley Street in Auckland's Central business district (CBD). A secondary campus is at Akoranga on the North Shore. AUT also has a Technology Park in Penrose, Auckland. Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... The date of establishment or date of founding of an institution is the date on which that institution chooses to claim as its starting point. ... 2000 (MM) was a leap year starting on Saturday of the Gregorian calendar. ... This does not cite its references or sources. ... A Chancellor is the head of a university. ... Sir Paul Alfred Reeves, ONZ, GCMG, GCVO, CF, QSO, (Born December 6, 1932) was Archbishop and Primate of New Zealand from 1980 to 1985 and Governor-General of New Zealand from 22 November 1985 to 20 November 1990. ... A Vice-Chancellor (commonly called the VC) of a university in the United Kingdom, other Commonwealth countries, and some universities in Hong Kong, is the de facto head of the university. ... Derek McCormack, MSc (Otago) DipTchg, is Vice-Chancellor of the Auckland University of Technology (AUT), New Zealand. ... Alternate uses: Student (disambiguation) Etymologically derived through Middle English from the Latin second-type conjugation verb stŭdērĕ, which means to study, a student is one who studies. ... Schematic map of Auckland. ... The Association of Southeast Asian Institutions of Higher Learning or ASAIHL is a non-governmental organization founded in 1956 to assist higher learning institutions in strengthening themselves through a mutual self help and to achieve international distinction in teaching, research and public service. ... A website (alternatively, Web site) is a collection of Web pages, images, videos and other digital assets that is hosted on a Web server, usually accessible via the Internet or a LAN. A Web page is a document, typically written in HTML, that is almost always accessible via HTTP, a... Representation of a university class, 1350s. ... January 1 is the first day of the calendar year in both the Julian and Gregorian calendars. ... 2000 (MM) was a leap year starting on Saturday of the Gregorian calendar. ... This article or section does not adequately cite its references or sources. ... North Shore City (orange). ... A science park is a property development designed for a concentration of high tech or science related businesses. ... Penrose is an industrial area in the city of Auckland, New Zealand. ...



AUT was originally founded as Auckland Technical School in 1895, offering evening classes only. Daytime classes began in 1906. In 1913 it was renamed Seddon Memorial Technical College, and it was renamed again as the Auckland Technical Institute (ATI) in 1960. In 1989 the name changed to Auckland Institute of Technology (AIT), and the current name was adopted when university status was granted in 2000. Year 1895 (MDCCCXCV) was a common year starting on Tuesday (link will display full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar (or a common year starting on Sunday of the 12-day-slower Julian calendar). ... 1906 (MCMVI) was a common year starting on Monday (see link for calendar). ... Year 1913 (MCMXIII) was a common year starting on Wednesday (link will display the full calendar). ... 1960 (MCMLX) was a leap year starting on Friday (the link is to a full 1960 calendar). ... Year 1989 (MCMLXXXIX) was a common year starting on Sunday (link displays 1989 Gregorian calendar). ... Representation of a university class, 1350s. ... 2000 (MM) was a leap year starting on Saturday of the Gregorian calendar. ...

University Population

In 2006 AUT had 22,000 students. A significant proportion were studying Bachelors degree or above (64.2%) and were full-time (64%),[1] giving a total of 15,382 full time equivalent students. Approximately 2,980 international students attended the university in 2006. There were 942 full time equivalent academic staff in 2006, and 828 full-time equivalent administrative and support staff in 2006[2]. This article does not cite any references or sources. ...

General Information

The process through which AUT was recognised as a university was controversial, as (for instance) it had an inadequate library at the time, and some students were given access to the University of Auckland's library as a stopgap measure. AUT's library grew rapidly and its size was not a significant factor with respect to the disciplines in which AUT taught and researched.

Despite controversial beginnings, the university is now well established. It promotes itself as an advocate of innovative approaches to teaching, learning and research. In particular its focus is on providing a pragmatic 'real world' approach, ensuring excellence in learning, teaching and developing outstanding graduates for practice in their chosen fields. In practice this reflects the continuing survival of vocational type courses and an emphasis upon student development towards employment. For this reason links with employers continue to be fostered.

AUT claims that it maintains very high levels of graduate employment in comparison to other NZ universities, though the statistical basis for this claim has been disputed.[citation needed]

Since becoming a university, AUT has invested heavily in infrastructure, staffing and programmes. It is half way through its $245 million building programme on both the Wellesley and Akoranga Campuses. Since 2000, new engineering, design, library, and business buildings have been constructed.


AUT has two campuses - Wellesley (Auckland CBD) and Akoranga (North Shore). AUT also maintains its own technology park in Penrose, Auckland City. Plans are also in place for a third campus in Manukau City. Manukau City (orange). ...

Wellesley Campus

The Wellesley campus spreads over several sites in the heart of central Auckland. The main campus is situated on Mayoral Drive, Wellesley Street, Symond and St Paul Street. The Faculties of Applied Humanities, Business, Design and Creative Technologies, and Te Ara Poutama, and the Applied Sciences division share this location.

The Applied Humanities and Design and Creative Technologies faculties also share a building on the corner of Wakefield Street and Rutland Street.

Akoranga Campus

The Akoranga campus is located on Akoranga Drive on the North Shore. The Faculty of Health and Environmental Sciences (including the Sport and Recreation division) and School of Education share this campus, which has attractive park-like grounds. AUT's main sport and recreation centre is located at this campus.

Technology Park

The AUT Technology Park is located in Penrose, Auckland. It is used for developing innovative start-up businesses and for postgraduate student research. AUT also has several internationally prominent IT research centres situated at this tech park. These are the Knowledge Engineering and Discovery Research Institute (KEDRI), Institute of Information Technology Research (IITR), Software Engineering Research Lab (SERL) and the Centre for Research on Information Systems Management (CRISM).


AUT is divided into five faculties. These are:

Applied Humanities

  • School of Education Te Kura Matauranga
  • School of Hospitality and Tourism
  • School of Languages
  • School of Social Sciences


Delivers papers and programmes in the following subject areas:

  • Accounting
  • Advertising
  • Business Economics
  • Commercial Law
  • Electronic Business
  • Finance
  • Human Resource Management and Employment Relations
  • Information Technology
  • International Business
  • Maori Development
  • Management
  • Marketing
  • Sales
  • Sport and Recreation Management
  • Taxation
  • Tourism

Design and Creative Technologies

  • School of Art and Design
  • School of Computer and Mathematical Sciences
  • School of Communication Studies
  • School of Engineering

Health and Environmental Sciences

  • Division of Applied Sciences
  • Division of Health Care Practice
  • Division of Public Health and Psychosocial Studies
  • Division of Rehabilitation and Occupation Studies [1]
  • Division of Sport and Recreation

Te Ara Poutama

  • Māori Studies


AUT offers a wide range of postgraduate and undergraduate degrees, as well as diplomas and certificates. Programmes are offered in the areas/fields of applied sciences, art and design, business, communication studies, computer and information sciences, education, engineering, health care practice, hospitality and tourism, languages, mathematical science, midwifery, nursing, occupational therapy, oral health, paramedic and emergency services, physiotherapy, podiatry, psychology, psychotherapy, public health, rehabilitation and occupational studies, social science, sport and recreation, and Te Ara Poutama (Māori Studies). Quaternary education or postgraduate education is the fourth-stage educational level which follows the completion of an undergraduate degree at a college or university. ... In some educational systems, undergraduate education is post-secondary education up to the level of a Bachelors degree. ... A B.A. issused as a certificate A degree is any of a wide range of status levels conferred by institutions of higher education, such as universities, normally as the result of successfully completing a program of study. ... Diploma from Mexico City College, 1948 (in Latin) A diploma (from Greek δίπλωµα diploma) is a certificate or deed issued by an educational institution, such as a university, that testifies that the recipient has successfully completed a particular course of study, or confers an academic degree. ... A certificate is an official document affirming some fact. ... Languages Māori, English Religions Māori religion, Christianity Related ethnic groups other Polynesian peoples, Austronesian peoples The word Māori refers to the indigenous Polynesian peoples of New Zealand, and to their language. ...

AUT summer school offers over 150 papers for study.


Being the newest University, and therefore with a less mature research culture, it came last among the universities in the 2003 Performance Based Research Fund research evaluation exercise. The 2003 PBRF evaluation exercise had counted research conducted by AUT before it became a university as well as post-2000 work, which reflected a period of transition for the institution. The 2007 PBRF exercise will be a more crucial exercise, since it will assess all the universities on an equal footing, with AUT having been a university throughout the whole of the assessment period (2000-2005). The Performance Based Research Fund is a New Zealand tertiary education funding process, assessing the research performance of tertiary education organisations (TEOs) and then funding them on the basis of their performance. ...

AUT is investing heavily in research and has established new research centres and institutes to further its research profile. Large numbers of leading local and international researchers and experts have been recruited by the university. Research partnerships and exchanges have also been established with some of the worlds leading universities. AUT's growing research profile and reputation has seen an increase in research programme enrolements and external funding.

AUT presently has 12 key research institutes:

  • Biotechnology Research Institute
  • Creative Industries Research Institute
  • Earth and Oceanic Sciences Research Institute
  • Engineering Research Institute
  • Institute of Culture, Discourse and Communication
  • Institute for Information Technology Research (IITR)
  • Institute of Public Policy
  • Institute of Sport and Recreation Research New Zealand (ISSRNZ)
  • National Institute for Public Health and Mental Health Research (NIPHMHR)
  • New Zealand Tourism Research Institute (NZTRI)
  • Health and Rehabilitation Research Centre
  • The Knowledge Engineering and Discovery Research Institute (KEDRI)

Within these key research institutes exist a large number of research centres and units.

Pedagogy (Principles and methods of instruction)

AUT differentiates itself from traditional universities in its approach to teaching and learning. A 'student-centred' approach is adopted by the university where students are actively engaged in their learning. High levels of communication occur between students and lecturers. This learning environment allows students to ask lecturers questions, work co-operatively with fellow students and receive feedback. This is achieved by having small interactive classes as opposed to traditional university lecture theatres. In part this is a legacy of the polytechnic origins of the university, and whether it will continue to be a distinguishing feature will depend upon financial and other factors.

Social Organisations

Since it is a relatively new university, the social scene at AUT is not as developed as other NZ Universities. However, in the past few years there have been attempts to rectify this.


Main article: AuSM

AuSM (Auckland Student Movement) is the student union at AUT. AUSM stands for Advection Upstream Splitting Method. ...

Keepin' It Real Club

At present one of the more active social clubs at AUT is the Keepin' It Real Club. This club organises pub crawls and parties often in conjunction with AuSM. The club is run by Carl Ewen and Vinay Gobindlal.

Army Of Tomorrow

The Army Of Tomorrow is an active group made up primarily of student teachers, who socialise and organise parties and sports events. Founded by AUT's Graduate Diploma in Secondary Education July 2005 intake, the organisation is also dedicated to ongoing self-reflection in teaching and learning issues.


The Society of Student Engineers (SoSE) is a student-lead organisation that assists engineering students to develop networks, and to extend themselves both professionally and personally. This is achieved by organising regular events such as engineering competitions, guest lectures by industry professionals, industry tours, and popular social events.


AuSM also run the campus bar, called Vesbar, at the Wellesley Campus. [2] AUSM stands for Advection Upstream Splitting Method. ...

AuSM have also announced the opening of a new Vesbar at the Akoranga Campus on February 20th, 2007. AUSM stands for Advection Upstream Splitting Method. ...


  1. ^ edCentre.govt.nz
  2. ^ 2006 Auckland University of Technology Annual ReportPDF (1.79 MiB)

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External links

  • Auckland University of Technology
  • AUT's promotional website
  • AUT's Environmental Sciences online site, The Science Site
  • AuSM
  • Keepin' it Real Club
  • SoSE
  • Vesbar (requires Flash)
  • Te Waha Nui (AUT Journalism newspaper/website)

  Results from FactBites:
Auckland University of Technology - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (1207 words)
Its primary campus is on Wellesley Street in central Auckland, close to the University of Auckland.
Despite being a new university, AUT students and staff are known for their success in New Zealand and around the world.
AUT's Students in Free Enterprise (SIFE) team was awarded first place in the national competition (2005) and was placed in the worlds top 20 during a recent international competition held in Canada.
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