Lincoln University

New Zealand

Lincoln University is New Zealand’s specialist land-based university and for more than 139 years, Lincoln has focused on improving New Zealand’s land-based knowledge, wealth and productivity.

The University has a mission to help: feed the world, protect the future, and live well.

It is predicted that by 2050 the world’s population will reach 9.2 billion people: this will create challenges that need solutions.
As the population grows, food supply and production will become key. So will sustaining the environment for future generations. As these two, potentially conflicting concepts become increasingly pressing – we will also want to be living well on our planet.
Lincoln University is a uniquely and deliberately specialised university finding solutions for these challenges. The University has a mission to help: feed the world, protect the future, and live well.
To achieve this mission, Lincoln is positioned to work alongside industry, the community, and people from around the globe. The University’s qualifications range from certificate level through to PhD - and our teaching and research covers all activity associated with the land-based sectors to meet the needs of not only New Zealand but also the world.
Lincoln students come from all over New Zealand and from roughly 60 countries around the world. Once studies are completed, Lincoln graduates can be found around the globe making a difference.

The University also has a range of research centres and companies on campus. For example Lincoln Agritech Ltd helps apply Lincoln University’s expertise to develop cutting edge technologies, exporting them around the world. It also works with organisations such as the Food and Agricultural Organisation of the United Nations (FAO) and the Asian Development Bank.

Research and innovation are essential to universities. Research enriches the learning environment for our students and delivers new knowledge for society and business. The unique contribution of Lincoln University to the land-based sectors is intimately linked to the quality of our research programmes and their application to ‘real world’ problems.

We comply with strict codes of practice, and relevant research is considered and approved by the Animal Ethics and Human Ethics committees. With the commercialisation of new ideas and knowledge, issues surrounding intellectual property have become extremely important and the University has an Intellectual Property Policy that reflects the needs and rights of both students and staff. Student related matters in the Policy have been agreed between the University and the Students’ Association. The Lincoln University Policy on Environmental Sustainability articulates our commitment to wise and sustainable use and protection of the environment across all parts of campus including teaching, research, operations and commercial activities.

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Key facts:

For 2015/16 Lincoln's ranking is 373, released by Quacquarelli Symonds (QS) World University Rankings. Lincoln also has QS Five Stars rating. Lincoln ranks in the top 100 in the field of agriculture and forestry


Ranked 13th small university in the world


Student to staff ratio at Lincoln University is 1:12, Telford campus 1:6


Leading teaching and research institution in New Zealand


Lincoln enjoyed the largest net percentage increase in PBRF funding and has one of the highest PBRF funding allocations per staff member


Lincoln University is ranked number one in New Zealand for external research PBRF funding per staff member


16 Research centres