Vice-Chancellor: Professor Dawn Freshwater
Senior International Leader: Dr Erik Lithander, Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Strategic Engagement)
The University of Auckland (Waipapa Taumata Rau) is Aotearoa New Zealand’s largest and leading university. The name Waipapa Taumata Rau, gifted to the University by local Māori iwi (tribe) Ngāti Whātua Ōrākei, refers to the ‘place of many peaks’ – places to strive for, ascend to and succeed.
Situated in New Zealand’s most diverse city and home to 44,000 students, the University of Auckland has gained a reputation as a world-leading education provider. We are the only New Zealand university ranked in the Top 100 of the QS World University Rankings.
Our award-winning teachers are committed to helping students get the most out of their studies and achieve their goals. With strengths in a wide range of disciplines, and a commitment to the research collaboration and impact that this breadth enables, the University offers the highest quality of education. In the 2022 QS World University Rankings by Subject, we ranked in the top 50 for 12 of our subjects, with a further 10 subjects ranked in the top 100.
Reflecting the University’s commitment to sustainability and making a positive social impact through our partnerships, research, teaching, operations, community engagement and knowledge transfer, the University of Auckland was ranked 6th in the world in the 2022 Times Higher Education (THE) University Impact Rankings acknowledging progress made towards the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals.
Much of the University’s special character is conferred by our place in the Pacific and by acknowledging the principles of Te Tiriti o Waitangi / The Treaty of Waitangi. Our international students come from more than 120 different countries and make up almost half of our doctoral candidates. The University has a wide network of global partnerships and formal agreements with more than 300 universities, reflecting our commitment to international research and scholarship ranking 17th in the 2022 Times Higher Education’s most international universities.
The University hosts four of New Zealand’s 10 National Centres for Research Excellence: the Maurice Wilkins Centre for Molecular Biodiscovery, Ngā Pae o te Maramatanga related to research on New Zealand’s Indigenous Māori, Te Pūnaha Matatini, and Healthy Hearts for Aotearoa New Zealand. Large scale research institutes include the Auckland Bioengineering Institute and the Liggins Institute, the University also hosts the New Zealand Centre for Latin American Studies and the North Asia Centre for Asia Pacific Excellence (CAPE).