About Victoria University of Wellington

Founded in 1897, Victoria University of Wellington is one of New Zealand’s oldest and most prestigious tertiary institutions with a proud tradition of academic excellence.

We are New Zealand’s globally ranked, capital city university and our location in the nation’s capital affords us strong and unique links with government departments and agencies, the diplomatic community, the judiciary, business, indigenous organisations, research institutions, and cultural and environmental organisations.

Victoria University of Wellington is committed to global citizenship and contributing to the resolution of international challenges. We prepare critically informed, globally confident, civic-minded graduates.

As a university with a tradition in, and commitment to, civic engagement, we are actively involved in promoting public discourse on topics of regional, national and international importance.

The University’s Politics and International Relations programme is particularly significant within this commitment to civic engagement and global citizenship. Ranking in the top 1% of the world’s universities in subjects of its kind in the 2019 QS World University Rankings by Subject, and with close links to New Zealand’s Parliament, the programme provides the ideal place to study the nation’s politics, the institutions of government, and the manner in which foreign affairs is conducted. And from its position on the rim of the Asia-Pacific region, Wellington offers a unique vantage point from which to examine international relations. Indeed, the programme’s Centre for Strategic Studies is rated one of the best think-tanks in the region. Among the research strengths of the programme are a focus on the politics of the Asia-Pacific, democratic theory and practice, and the politics of international migration.

The Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, in which the Politics and International Relations programme sits, ranks in the top 1% in the world for Social Science and for Arts and Humanities. Subjects within the Faculty were pivotal to the University’s top national ranking for intensity of high-quality research in New Zealand’s 2018 Performance-Based Research Fund).

Civic engagement is also at the heart of Wellington School of Business and Government, which, from its location opposite Parliament, is ideally positioned to build capacity in New Zealand’s public sector. Wellington School of Business and Government is among the 1 percent of business schools worldwide to hold the ‘Triple Crown’ of international accreditations: Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB); European Quality Improvement System (EQUIS); and Association of MBAs (AMBA).

The University’s Climate Change Research Institute is likewise internationally ranked. This team of researchers and policy thinkers working to develop, disseminate and discuss interdisciplinary climate change research is positioned in the world’s top 50 environment policy think tanks in the 2018 Global Go To Think Tank Index Report.

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