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University of Waikato

Motto Ko te tangata (The people)
Established 1964
Type Public
Chancellor Jim Bolger, ONZ
Vice-Chancellor Roy Crawford
Students 14,023 total (2004)
Location Hamilton, New Zealand
Website www.waikato.ac.nz

The University of Waikato is located in Hamilton and Tauranga, New Zealand, and was established in 1964. It has strengths across a broad range of subject areas, particularly its degrees in Computer Science and in Management. Its School of Māori and Pacific Development is acknowledged as the world centre for study in this subject area. Image File history File links University_of_Waikato_logo. ... A motto (from Italian) is a phrase or a short list of words meant formally to describe the general motivation or intention of an entity, social group, or organization. ... 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. ... 1964 (MCMLXIV) was a leap year starting on Wednesday (the link is to a full 1964 calendar). ... This does not cite its references or sources. ... A Chancellor is the head of a university. ... The Right Honourable James Brendan Jim Bolger, ONZ, (born 31 May 1935) was Prime Minister of New Zealand from 1990 to 1997. ... Badge of the Order of New Zealand The Order of New Zealand is the highest locally awarded honour in the New Zealand Honours System. ... 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. ... Roy Crawford is a Professor of Mechanical Engineering, whose primary research interest has been in the mechanical properties and processing behaviour of plastics. ... 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. ... Hamilton (Kirikiriroa in Māori) is the centre of New Zealands fourth largest urban area, and is the countrys seventh largest city. ... A website (or Web site) is a collection of Web pages, images, videos and other digital assets and hosted on a particular domain or subdomain on the World Wide Web. ... Hamilton (Kirikiriroa in Māori) is the centre of New Zealands fourth largest urban area, and is the countrys seventh largest city. ... Tauranga (population 109,100 — 2006 census) is the largest city of the Bay of Plenty region of the North Island of New Zealand. ...


In 2002 over 14,000 students were enrolled at the university. More than a quarter of students were aged over 25, and over half were women. It has the highest proportion of Māori students on any campus in New Zealand. The Māori character of the campus is an important aspect of its overall identity. Languages Māori, English Religions Māori religion, Christianity Related ethnic groups other Polynesian peoples, Austronesian peoples The word Māori refers to the indigenous people of New Zealand and their language. ...


The University of Waikato in Hamilton is spread over 0.67 km² (170 acres) of landscaped park-like grounds, and includes extensive sporting and recreational areas surrounding three ornamental lakes. Many sporting and cultural groups are active on campus, including various international students' clubs. The university provides study facilities including modern lecture rooms and laboratories, a library of over 1,000,000 volumes, and an extensive computer network with over 800 terminals.

Academy of Performing Arts

The University of Waikato at Tauranga (formerly Tauranga University College) offers 150 papers. Image File history File links WaikatoUni. ... Image File history File links WaikatoUni. ...


The university consists of seven Schools of Studies (Faculties).

  • Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences
  • Waikato Management School
  • School of Education
  • School of Science and Engineering
  • School of Computing and Mathematical Science
  • School of Law
  • School of Māori and Pacific Development

These schools offer undergraduate, graduate and postgraduate degrees in their respective subject areas.

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Research

The university's research involvement is varied, and it is noted for research in the management disciplines of Accounting, Finance and Human Resource Management; Computer Science, Mathematics, Science, particularly in the Biological Sciences including both Ecology, Evolution and Behaviour and Cellular, Molecular and Whole Organism Biology, and Chemistry, Education and the Social Sciences.


The University has many research facilities, including

  • Centre for Biodiversity and Ecology Research
  • Stable Isotope Unit
  • Management Research Centre
  • Technology Management and Innovation Unit
  • Centre for Labour and Trade Union Studies
  • Carbon Dating Unit
  • Honey Research Unit
  • Thermophile Research Unit
  • Antarctic Research Unit
  • International Global Change Institute

Research is further reinforced by close contact between the University and commercial or governmental research facilities located on or adjacent to the campus. Significant among them are the Ruakura Research Centre (the largest agricultural and horticultural research facility in the Southern Hemisphere), Landcare, National Institute for Water and Atmospheric Research (NIWA Ecosystems), and the Institute of Professional Legal Studies. Ruakura is a semi-rural suburb of Hamilton City, in the Waikato region of New Zealand. ... Landcare Research, or Manaaki Whenua in the Maori language, is a Crown Research Institute of New Zealand. ...


Cementing the University's role as a key New Zealand research institute is UNILink, the University's own consulting division, dedicated to national and international sourcing of commercial research contracts. As a result the University attracts the highest percentage of research income in proportion to its student population of any university in New Zealand.


Particular strengths

The Department of Biological Sciences earned first place rankings in both panels of PBRF: Ecology, Evolution and Behaviour and Cellular, Molecular and Whole Organism Biology. Within EEB, the department has long-term FRST funding in the areas of restoration ecology in both terrestrial and freshwater systems, reaching from urban to natural ecosystems, and from molecular ecology to environmental biology. 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. ...


The School of Māori and Pacific Development is almost certainly the leading centre of academic study of things Māori. Similarly, the law school is a leading centre for research into the Treaty of Waitangi. Because of the youth of the university the library's holdings are relatively undeveloped, but there are significantly holdings of Tainui taonga. One of the few extant copies of the Treaty of Waitangi The Treaty of Waitangi (Māori: Tiriti o Waitangi) was signed on February 6, 1840 at Waitangi in the Bay of Islands, New Zealand. ... Tainui is a Maori Iwi Waka Confederation of New Zealand. ...


The Computer Science department is particularly strong, with research groups in networking, machine learning (Weka), digital libraries (Greenstone), Formal methods for Software Engineering and usability. Computer networks redirects here. ... As a broad subfield of artificial intelligence, Machine learning is concerned with the development of algorithms and techniques that allow computers to learn. At a general level, there are two types of learning: inductive, and deductive. ... Weka is a suite of machine learning software written in Java at the University of Waikato which implements several machine learning algorithms from various learning paradigms. ... A digital library is a library in which collections are stored in digital formats (as opposed to print, microform, or other media) and accessible by computers. ... This article or section does not cite any references or sources. ... In computer science and software engineering, formal methods are mathematically-based techniques for the specification, development and verification of software and hardware systems. ... Usability is a term used to denote the ease with which people can employ a particular tool or other human-made object in order to achieve a particular goal. ...


The university is co-located with Ruakura, a center for research in the primary industries. Ruakura is a semi-rural suburb of Hamilton City, in the Waikato region of New Zealand. ...


Due to the proximity of the Waikato River and Lake Karapiro the university has excellent rowing teams and competes against University of Oxford and University of Cambridge in alternating years on the Waikato River in The Great Race. The Waikato River system The Waikato River is the longest river in New Zealand. ... Lake Karapiro is one of several artificial lakes formed as part of a hydroelectricity scheme on the Waikato River in the North Island of New Zealand. ... The University of Oxford (usually abbreviated as Oxon. ... The University of Cambridge (often Cambridge University), located in Cambridge, England, is the second-oldest university in the English-speaking world and has a reputation as one of the worlds most prestigious universities. ... The Waikato River system The Waikato River is the longest river in New Zealand. ... The Great Race is an annual rowing race between the mens eight from the University of Waikato, New Zealand and the mens eight alternating each year between the University of Oxford and University of Cambridge (both of the United Kingdom). ...


Performance Based Research Fund Rankings

Performance Based Research Fund rankings are used to help rate different Universities in New Zealand. 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. ...


In 2007 The University of Waikato rose to be ranked third in New Zealand.


They also achieved top rankings in 10 (Only Otago received more first placings with 14) subjects areas:

  • Accounting and finance
  • Chemistry
  • Communications, journalism and media studies
  • Computer science, information technology, information sciences
  • Ecology, evolution and behaviour
  • Education
  • Management, human resources, industrial relations, international and other business
  • Molecular, cellular and whole organism biology
  • Music, literary arts and other arts
  • Pure and applied mathematics.

Their School of Computing and Mathematical Sciences, Management School and Combined School of Education were also ranked top in New Zealand.


University of Waikato delivers substantial increase in research performance


In 2006 The University of Waikato was ranked first in 9 subject areas:

  • Biology Ecology, Evolution, and Behaviour, score 5.9
  • Biology Molecular, Cellular and Whole Organism Biology, score 5.4
  • Chemistry, score 5.8
  • Computer Science, Information Technology and Information Sciences, score 4.9
  • Communications, Journalism and Media Studies, score 4.1
  • Management, Human Resources, Industrial Relations, International Business and Other Business, score 4.4
  • Accounting and Finance, score 3.5
  • Pure and Applied Mathematics, score 6.0
  • Music, Literary Arts and Other Arts, score 5.3


The 2003 evaluation found Waikato to be fifth out of New Zealand's eight universities.


In 2004 the University came first in:

  • Pure and Applied Mathematics, score 5.7
  • Chemistry, 5.1
  • Computer Science, Information Technology and Information Sciences, 4.7
  • Molecular, Cellular and Whole Organism Biology, 4.2
  • Communications, Journalism and Media Studies, 3.8
  • Management, Human Resources, Industrial Relations, International Business and Other Business, 3.4
  • Accounting and Finance. 2.8

University does well in PBRF


Academic year

The academic year runs from March to November. It is divided into two semesters by a four-week study break in June/July. Most schools within the University offer a mid-year intake so it is possible to enroll in the March-June or the July-November semesters, as well as in the year-long program. Summer School is available for many courses and allows students to accelerate the completion of their degree. The International MBA is taught over one year and begins in July.


International students

Waikato has a strong commitment to attracting international students. In 2002 the University had over 1500 international students from more than 60 different countries, particularly from the Pacific Rim and Asia regions. There are also a growing number of students from diverse places such as Nepal, Eritrea, Mongolia, Ukraine, and various African countries. Many international students start at Waikato by enrolling in a one-year Certificate of Attainment in Foundation Studies. This prepares students from a non-English background for university study in New Zealand. Courses in English for students from non English speaking backgrounds are also offered through the University of Waikato Language Institute.


The University has approximately 1000 places in accommodation available for students, a number of which are set aside specifically for international students. Many students choose to stay in the University Halls of Residence during their first year, and then move into a student flat (private rental accommodation) in subsequent years. Hamilton is an inexpensive city to live in for students on a limited budget. Hamilton (Kirikiriroa in Māori) is the centre of New Zealands fourth largest urban area, and is the countrys seventh largest city. ...


Post Graduate Student Association

The Post Graduate Student Association was a development that come about as a need in the performance Based Research Funding (PBRF) environment. The group of students looked after the Masters and PhD students interest and had Dr Peter Hodder as a contact person appointed by Professor Richard Bedford at the time Pro Vice Chancellor Academic. Past presidents of the PGSA are 2002-2004 Gareth, 2004-2005 Roddy Young, 2005- Caroline. The outline of PGSA activities are here.


Waikato University Alumni

The Waikato University Alumni is made up of past students at Waikato University and staff. The numbers of Alumni have steadly built from 1964 to number around 100,000. Seen as an important part of the development on the university the Alumni is looking at new ways to be more interactive with the Alumni members.


Other Notable features

The University rowing team is particularly strong. In 2002 the university started challenging a rowing team from another university to compete against it in the Great Race for the Harry Mahon Memorial Trophy. This has become an important annual event in Hamilton.

2002 Waikato vs Cambridge University Won by Waikato
2003 Waikato vs Oxford University Won by Waikato
2004 Waikato vs Cambridge University Won by Cambridge
2005 Waikato vs University of Washington Won by Waikato
2006 Waikato vs Cambridge University Won by Waikato

Sites

The University of Waikato is located on many different sites

  • Main Hamilton Campus, on Knighton Road
  • Tauranga Campus, on Durham Street
  • Ruakura Satellite Campus, off Ruakura Road
  • University of Waikato Addresses

Scientific Instrumentation

The University has a large number of instruments available to assist research. These include

  • A 300 MHz and a 400 Hz NMR
  • A MALDI
  • ESMS
  • GCMS
  • Malvern Mastersizer and Zetasizer
  • Waters HPLC
  • Tensile testers
  • Viscometers
  • ICP-OES
  • AA
  • X-ray diffraction equipment
  • Scanning Electron Microscopy (SEM) with EDAX
  • Liquid nitrogen, for University use only

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  • Chemical Services Unit
  • Biological Services
  • Earth Science Commercial Services
  • Physics and Electronic Engineering Services
  • Materials and Process Engineering Equipment

External links

  • The University's website
  • Tauranga University College's website
  • Great race website
  • Alumni website

  Results from FactBites:
 
University of Waikato - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (940 words)
The University of Waikato is located in Hamilton and Tauranga, New Zealand, and was established in 1964.
The University of Waikato is comprised of seven Schools of Studies (Faculties).
The University of Waikato's research involvement is varied, however Waikato is noted for research in Computer Science, Mathematics, Science (particularly in the biological sciences), Education and the Social Sciences.
Waikato - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (947 words)
It is in the broad Waikato Plains that most of the region's population resides, and the land is intensively farmed with both livestock (mainly dairy cattle) and crops (such as maize).
The upper reaches of the Waikato River are used for hydroelectricity, and several large artificial lakes are found in the region's southeast.
During the Land Wars of the 1860s, the Waikato was the scene of major bloodshed in what is referred to as the Invasion of the Waikato.
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