University of Waikato

The University of Waikato , is a comprehensive university in Hamilton, New Zealand, with a satellite campus located in Tauranga. Established in 1964, it was the first university in New Zealand to be designed from a blank canvas.

Campuses
The University of Waikato operates from two campuses – in Hamilton and Tauranga. The main Hamilton campus is spread over 64 hectares of landscaped gardens and lakes, and includes extensive sporting and recreational areas. In Tauranga, the University shares campuses with the Bay of Plenty Polytechnic at Windermere Campus and the Bongard Centre in Tauranga's CBD.

The Hamilton campus was originally farmland. Designed by architect John Blake-Kelly in 1964, the open space landscaping contains extensive native plantings, including a fernery, centred around three artificial lakes, created by draining marshy paddocks.

The lakes play a vital role in the University’s stormwater system, but they are shallow, making them susceptible to eutrophication. Each spring harvesting takes place to remove excess water weed and remove pest fish

The social heart of the Hamilton campus is the new Student Centre, which was officially opened in 2011 by Waikato alumnus Governor-General Lt Gen The Rt Hon Sir Jerry Mateparae. Designed to incorporate the existing University library, the $30 million building has been awarded five green stars for sustainable design, the first five-star project in the Waikato region.
 
The Gallagher Academy of Performing Arts.
The Hamilton campus is also home to the Gallagher Academy of Performing Arts. Overlooking Knighton Lake, the award-winning building was built through public subscription and opened in 2001. It provides teaching and performance facilities for music, drama, dance and kapa haka as well as exhibition space, and attracts internationally renowned performers and artists.
 
Accreditations and Rankings

Accreditations
Waikato Management School achieved Triple Crown status in 2006 by gaining accreditation from the three leading international business school accreditation bodies, AACSB, EQUIS and AMBA - only 1% of the world's business schools, 59 worldwide, have met the strict standards of all three accreditation bodies.

Waikato Management School is also accredited by the Public Relations Society of America. The School gained accreditation for its public relations undergraduate programme in 2009, and is currently one of only five institutions outside of the United States to have won CEPR certification.

In 2011, Waikato Management School’s MBA programme for Māori leaders won AMBA’s inaugural MBA Innovation Award. The Waikato MBA is delivered in partnership with the Waikato-Tainui College for Research and Development. In 2012, the Centre for Corporate and Executive Education received re-accreditation for its MBA programme from AMBA for five years, the maximum length of accreditation available. Its full-time MBM programme also received the highly regarded AMBA accreditation, the first MBM in New Zealand to receive this honour.

The University’s Bachelor of Engineering degrees are all internationally accredited by the Institute of Professional Engineers of New Zealand (IPENZ). The BE qualifications include 800 hours of work experience and cover chemical and biological engineering, electronic engineering, materials and process engineering, mechanical engineering, and software engineering.
 
Top 50 universities under 50 years old
In 2013, the University of Waikato was ranked 46th of the universities under 50 years old in the world by UK-based THE World University Rankings,up from 58th in 2012.

The list is an offshoot of the THE World University Rankings and used the same indicators for judging including research, citations and teaching. THE says the analysis of young universities is designed to examine future potential as much as current excellence. It uses objective performance indicators and focus less on reputation, saying older universities enjoy established alumni networks and graduates in senior positions around the world which have a large impact on reputation.
 
Top 500 universities in the world
In 2013-2014, the University of Waikato was ranked in the 301–350 band in the world by THE World University Rankings and in the 401–410 band by QS World University Rankings.

Also, the QS Subject Rankings put five subject areas taught at the University of Waikato in the top 150 worldwide. They are Computer Science and Info Systems (101–150), Economics and Econometrics (101-150), Education (46), Law and Legal Studies (101-150) and Languages (101-150).

Nevertheless, the University of Waikato has never been listed within the top 500 universities by the ARWU.

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