Waikato Pathways College

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World-leading research

The University of Waikato is one of New Zealand's major research organisations, playing a key role in the economy, making a significant contribution to international innovation and tackling global issues.

Quality research

The University of Waikato is renowned for excellence, ranking in the top 100 in the world for the quality and impact of research (QS World University rankings 2020). The University is at the centre of a network of New Zealand research institutions and plays a key role in the country’s research output.

The University is committed to creating and building knowledge and technologies for the future. It delivers a world-class research portfolio within a dynamic and distinctive university environment.

Though deeply rooted in New Zealand’s rich heritage, the University of Waikato has a forward-thinking, global outlook. As one of the top research universities in New Zealand, the University believes that by working together we can make a positive impact in the world, for ourselves and future generations. Cutting-edge research tackles the challenges we all face in the modern world, finding innovative solutions to complex issues.

Teaching staff at the University of Waikato are world-leading, with vast knowledge and experience in their respective fields. The University’s academics are known for conducting ground-breaking research and are passionate about their area of expertise. Staff are committed to helping you build your knowledge and skills to become successful in the world. You are encouraged to engage with academic staff, ask questions, and challenge theories and ideas in class. Teaching staff are actively engaged with the student community, and encourage debate and discussion outside of the classroom.

The University of Waikato is proud to lead the way to a sustainable future, finding new ways of tackling old problems. A successful global future is dependent on innovation and sustainability; businesses, healthy communities and the planet depend on it. The University’s commitment to sustainable development is an integral part of its research, providing support for business, for the environment, and the wider population.

Waikato Pathways College student Xun Zeng from China

The foundation course has helped me a lot with finishing tasks, how to solve problems, self-discipline and learning to cooperate with other people. The studying experience I've had has really helped me.

Xun Zeng from China
Studying Foundation Studies at Waikato Pathways College