University of Auckland

University of Auckland

name = The University of Auckland

motto = "Ingenio et labore" (By natural ability and hard work)
established = 1883
chancellor= Hugh Fletcher
vice_chancellor= Stuart McCutcheon
city = Auckland
country = New Zealand
students= 37,924 total
postgrad= 9,008 graduate
type = Public
campus = Urban
affiliations= Universitas 21, AMBA, EQUIS, AACSB. APRU
website= []

The University of Auckland ( _mi. Te Whare Wānanga o Tāmaki Makaurau) is New Zealand's largest university. Established in 1883 as a constituent college of the University of New Zealand, the university is now made up of eight faculties over six campuses, and has more than 39,000 students at April 2006. [ [ Auckland University worth $4.4 billion to the region] ] Over 1300 doctoral candidates were enrolled at the University of Auckland in 2004.

It offers a wide range of programmes including Arts, Business, Education, Music, Teacher Training and Special Education, Architecture, Planning, Nursing, Creative and Performing Arts, Theology, Science, Information Management, Engineering, Medicine, Optometry, Food and Wine Science, Property, Law, Fine and Visual Arts and Pharmacy.

It also provides the most conjoint combinations across the entire nation, with over 35 combinations available. Conjoint programs allow students to achieve multiple degrees in a shortened period of time.

The University of Auckland was the only New Zealand institution ranked in the top 50 of the THES - QS World University Rankings in 2007, ranked at number 50.


The City campus, in central Auckland, has the bulk of the students and faculties. It covers 160,000 m².

The Tamaki campus, established in 1991, covers 320,000 m² in the suburb of Glen Innes, 12 km from the City campus. The degrees available here are based on Health, Sports Science, Environmental Science, Wine Science, Information Technology, Communications and Electronics, Materials and Manufacturing, Food and Biotechnology and Information Management.

The Medical and Health Services Campus, established in 1968, is located close to the City Campus in the suburb of Grafton, opposite Auckland City Hospital. The Faculty of Medical and Health Sciences, School of Pharmacy and Department of Optometry are based here.

The North Shore Campus, established in 2001, was located in the suburb of Takapuna. It offered the Bachelor of Business and Information Management degree. At the end of 2006, the campus was closed and the degree relocated to the City campus.

On 1 September 2004, the Auckland College of Education amalgamated with the University to form the newest Faculty of the University (by merging the School of Education (previously part of the Arts Faculty) and the college). The faculty is based at the Epsom Campus of the former college with an additional campus in Whangarei.

Current events

Professor Stuart McCutcheon became Vice-Chancellor on 1 January 2005. He was previously the Vice-Chancellor of Victoria University of Wellington. He succeeded Dr John Hood (PhD, Hon. LLD), who was appointed Vice-Chancellor of the University of Oxford.

The University opened a new business school building in 2007, following the completion of the new Information Commons, to revitalize the School of Business.

The Business School boasts one of the strongest International Business departments in Asia Pacific, offering two masters programmes, a Master of Commerce in International Business and a Master of International Business. It has recently gained International Accreditations for all its programmes and now completes the "Triple Crown" (AMBA, EQUIS and AACSB).


* Arts []
* Business and Economics []
* National Institute of Creative Arts and Industries []
* Education []
* Engineering []
* University of Auckland Law School []
* Medical and Health Sciences
* Science []
* School of Theology []

PBRF rankings

The University of Auckland is a research-led University, and had the second highest ranking in the 2006 Performance Based Research Fund (PBRF) exercise conducted by the government that evaluated the quality of researchers and research output of all tertiary institutions in New Zealand. With only 18% of PBRF-eligible staff in New Zealand's 33 tertiary institutions Auckland has 33% of the country's A-rated researchers and gained 30% of PBRF funding. [PDFlink| [ PRBF report. See figure 5.4 and table 8.3] |2.25 MB]

In the previous PBRF evaluation in 2003, when the University was ranked the top research university in New Zealand, the Commission commented: “On virtually any measure, the University of Auckland is the country’s leading research university. Not only did it achieve the highest quality score of any TEO [tertiary education organisation] , but it also has by far the largest share of A-rated researchers in the country.” [PDFlink| [ Full report] |174 KB]

Auckland University Students' Association

The Auckland University Students' Association (AUSA) represents students at the University. AUSA publicises student issues, administers student facilities, and assists affiliated student clubs and societies. AUSA also produces the student magazine "Craccum" and runs the radio station "bFM".


The vast majority of first year ('fresher') students at the University of Auckland remain living at home, but many live in one of the Residential Halls. These provide food, accommodation, social and welfare services. Some of the Halls have developed a strong institutional personality over the years. This becomes self-perpetuating as applicants choose the Hall most suited to their own personality.

*O'Rorke Hall
*Grafton Hall
*International House
*The Railway Campus
*Parnell Student Village
*Number 14 Whitaker Place
*Park Road Student Flats
*Huia Residence (attained by the school in 2008)

Prominent alumni and alumnae

*Helen Clark, current Prime Minister of New Zealand
*Anand Satyanand, Governor General, New Zealand.
*Russell Coutts, yachtsman
*Sian Elias, New Zealand Chief Justice since 17 May 1999
*Jeanette Fitzsimons, New Zealand politician and environmentalist
*Mike Rann, Premier of South Australia
*Harry Hawthorn, Canadian anthropologist
*John Hood, Vice-Chancellor of the University of Oxford
*Vaughan Jones, Fields medallist
*David Lange, former Prime Minister
*Winston Peters, politician
*William Sage Rapson, chemist
*Anthony Randerson, New Zealand Chief High Court Judge from December 2004
*Ronald Syme, preeminent New Zealand classicist of the 20th century
*Michael Jones, rugby player
*Marya Martin, flautist

taffing legends

Currently, the longest serving staff member is Emeritus Professor of Prehistory, Roger Curtis Green, BA BSc "(New Mexico)", PhD "(Harv.)", FRSNZ, MANAS. He has been among the staff from 1961-66 and from 1973 onwards.

The longest serving, non-'retired' staff member is B.J. Brown, ONZM, LLB (Hons) "(Leeds)", LLM "(Sing.)". Full-time senior lecturer in the faculty of law 1962-65, 1969 onwards.


External links

* [ The University of Auckland website]
* [ Alumni & friends of The University of Auckland]
* [ Auckland University Students Association] (AUSA)
* [ 95bFM]
* [ Elam School of Fine Art, 1966 Article]
* [ Business School Website]
* [ Arts School Website]
* [ Engineering School Website]

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