Annual report

The annual report provides an overview of Te Herenga Waka—Victoria University of Wellington’s financial performance and a look back on the highlights of 2021.

At a time of immense change and unprecedented challenges for the education sector, Te Herenga Waka—Victoria University of Wellington finished 2021 in a strong position.

We ranked in the top 1 percent of the world’s universities for 20 subjects, the top 100 universities for 11, and the top 2 percent of universities overall.

We awarded more than 5,000 qualifications during the year.

We continued to implement dual delivery mode for learning and teaching to support students affected and impacted by COVID-19, while also commencing key projects aimed at enhancing the graduate profile, and adopting a more strategic approach to our engagement with students to actively facilitate student voice in matters relating to them.

In keeping with our commitment to grow the participation and success of Māori and Pasifika students, and those from refugee and low socio-economic backgrounds, 12 high-school students were supported as part of the first year of the Ngā Hoe a Kupe Scholarship Pathfinder Scholarships.

From a research perspective, 2021 was a significant year for the University with staff contributions being recognised across a range of platforms. This included 12 of our researchers being recognised in the 2021 Research Honours Aotearoa Awards and University staff being awarded more than $14 million by the Marsden Fund.

With total external research income of over $88 million, our staff continued to contribute to research aimed at addressing key questions that society faces.

Three new start-ups were established by Wellington UniVentures, our commercialisation unit. Dr Shalini Divya, CEO of TasmanIon, a start-up focusing on developing sustainable aluminium ion batteries, was presented with the Breakthrough Innovator Award at the KiwiNet Awards.

The University’s sustainability leadership was reflected in our being ranking 17 for our work on clean energy and 40th for climate action out of 1100 universities globally in the Times Higher Education Impact rankings.

With more than 2000 Māori students enrolled full-time at the University, our Mai i te Iho ki te Pa framework, which was refreshed in 2021, outlines our goals to support the needs of Māori staff and students at the University.

The University has committed to investing $45 million towards developing the Living Pā, which will be one of the world’s most environmentally friendly buildings.

Our graduates remain in demand, with 97 percent in employment, further study, and not seeking work in their first year post-graduation.

The quality of our research and teaching makes Te Herenga Waka—Victoria University of Wellington the university of choice in New Zealand and further afield, with students from close to 100 countries part of our community in 2021.

By reflecting on our progress each year, we will continue to improve the education and experience we offer those students, while also conducting research and introducing innovations that respond to the challenges of our time.

Architectural drawing of new Living Pa building on Kelburn Parade.

Year in review

How research is thriving and the University is working to ensure a sustainable future are among the things captured by our review of the year.

A group of students climb the stairwell in Rankine Brown, with a view of Wellington city out the windows behind them

At a glance

Key facts about the University's performance on the national and world stage.

2021 annual report

Download the full 2021 annual report pdf 5.1MB including audited financial statements for the year to 31 December 2021.