University of Auckland

Ingenio et labore

New Zealand

The University of Auckland is New Zealand’s leading university and the largest with more than 40,000 students and 4,700 staff on five campuses.

It offers the most comprehensive range of courses and has a strong focus on quality with selective entry to all programmes. Auckland is the only NZ university ranked among the world’s top 100 universities in the QS World University Rankings.

There are eight faculties and two large-scale research institutes, along with unique opportunities for interdisciplinary studies and conjoint degrees. Auckland also has the biggest graduate school in NZ, the largest annual number of postgraduate research student completions and the highest level of research income. Its research commercialisation company, Auckland UniServices Ltd, generated $NZ145.1 million in 2011.

More than 4,874 students from 93 countries study at The University of Auckland. Its 360° Auckland Abroad Student Exchange programme allows NZ students to spend one or two semesters at one of the University’s more than 90 university exchange partners around the world.

The University’s location in NZ’s major business city enables staff and students to rub shoulders with leading practitioners in their field, and engage in collaborative research. Medical students work alongside leading specialists at Auckland City Hospital while the Faculty of Law is within walking distance of the courts and major legal firms. The Business School has a close relationship with leading Auckland companies, and academics from the Faculty of Engineering, School of Population Health and School of Architecture and Planning serve on think-tanks helping to shape the city’s future.

The University of Auckland has a strong international focus and is the only New Zealand member of Universitas 21 and the Association of Pacific Rim Universities – international consortia of research-led universities. Today more than 4,000 international students from 93 countries choose to study here, while the University’s 360° Auckland Abroad Student Exchange programme enables New Zealand students to spend one or two semesters at one of the University’s more than 90 university exchange partners around the world.

As well as being New Zealand’s top university, The University of Auckland is the country’s largest. It has a strong focus on quality with selective entry to all programmes.

The University of Auckland has the most comprehensive range of courses in the country with teaching and research conducted over eight faculties and two large-scale research institutes. There are unique opportunities for interdisciplinary studies and conjoint degrees.


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Key staff:


Chancellor: Ian Parton

Vice-Chancellor: Stuart McCutcheon 

Key facts:


Established: 1883

Academic Staff: 2,154

Administrative Staff: 2,789

Students: 33,468

Affiliations: ACU, APAIE, APRU, U21, WUN