Victoria University of Wellington is a university in Wellington, New Zealand and was formed in 1897 by the Act of Parliament, and was a constituent college of the University of New Zealand. It was named after Queen Victoria because it was the 60th anniversary of the Queen’s coronation in 1897. The university is well known for its programmes in law, the humanities, and some scientific disciplines, and offers a broad range of other courses. Entry to all courses in the first year is open, and entry to the second year in some programmes.
Victoria had the highest average research grade in the New Zealand Government's Performance-Based Research Fund exercise in both 2012 and 2018, having been ranked 4th in 2006 and 3rd in 2003. Victoria has been ranked 215th in the World's Top 500 universities by the QS World University Rankings (2020). The university has around 17000 enrolled students, out of which around 4000 are international students.
Victoria has three campuses, the main campus is located in Kelburn, New Zealand which houses the Faculties of Humanities and Social Science, Engineering, Health, Social Science and Education. The second campus is the Pipitea campus that is located close to the New Zealand Parliament building which provides a home to the Faculty of Management and Facilities of Law, Finance, Government, Finances and Information technology. The third campus is the Te Aro campus which houses the Faculty of Design and Architecture. Victoria University also has courses at Auckland CBD.
The university offers both undergraduate and postgraduate programs and has a faculty of around 1000 members who are dedicated to providing comprehensive and quality education. Victoria University has around 40 research institutes and centres giving students the best possible resources to have practical knowledge, some being-
Some notable alumni of Victoria include- Fleur Adcock, poet, Queen's Gold Medal for Poetry recipient, Barbara Anderson, author, poet, Michelle Ang, actor, Sir Brian Barratt-Boyes, cardiologist, Dr John Cawte Beaglehole, Captain Cook expert, OM recipient, Teresa Bergman, singer-songwriter, Sir Michael Hardie Boys, former Governor-General of New Zealand, Sarah Billinghurst, artistic director Metropolitan Opera, Dr Robert Burchfield, lexicographic scholar, Alistair Campbell, poet, novelist, John Campbell, New ZealanDipTd television personality, Philippa Campbell, New Zealand film and television producer and theatre development executive and Jane Campion, Oscar and Palme D'Or winning director/screenwriter.
The main campus is in the suburb of Kelburn, New Zealand, overlooking the Wellington Central business district, where the Faculties of Humanities and Social Sciences, Science, Engineering, Education and Health are based. Additionally, it is the location of the university's Central Library and the site of its administrative offices. The campus has a range of amenities including cafes, the university book store VicBooks, a pharmacy and health services, childcare facilities, and a sports and recreation centre. The Victoria University of Wellington Students' Association is based here.
It consists of the Wellington School of Business and Government, which includes the School of Accounting and Commercial Law, School of Economics and Finance, School of Government, School of Information Management, School of Management, School of Marketing and International Business, and the Faculty of Law. The Campus is located near the New Zealand Parliament Buildings, consisting of Rutherford House, the Old Government Buildings and the West Wing of the Wellington railway station. It is the location of the Commerce and Law libraries. Student services available at the Pipitea campus include Student Health and Well-being, the Recreation Centre and VicBooks
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