Celebrating 125 years of our university

In 2022, Te Herenga Waka—Victoria University of Wellington marks an important milestone: 125 years since our university was founded.

The original Victoria College was established on 22 December 1897, and teaching began two years later, with 115 students enrolled in the first year. The University now has more than 3,000 staff and more than 22,000 students, and has grown into a large network of campuses, research centres, and institutes.

The anniversary will be marked through a year-long programme of events and activities that will celebrate the University’s strong connection to Aotearoa’s capital city, the successes of its University community, and the many ways in which the University has contributed to the social, cultural and economic life of Wellington and beyond over the past 125 years.

The stories of our community, and information about the events being held to celebrate the anniversary, will be shared on this page over the course of the year.

Join us as we celebrate 125 years of our university.

Black and white photo of graduates on Cuba Street

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