Distinctive strengths

The University’s areas of academic distinctiveness address local, national and global challenges, with a focus on Wellington, New Zealand and the Asia–Pacific.

Victoria University of Wellington’s eight, distinctive, multi-disciplinary themes span the University and reflect the University's position as New Zealand’s globally ranked capital city university. They encompass areas where the University and Wellington have overlapping strengths and where the University can most effectively contribute to local, national and global challenges.

As a global-civic university, the University is committed to ensuring that our local communities benefit from our internationally respected academic excellence. We place a strong emphasis on ensuring that our research informs policy and leads thinking on major societal and environmental issues.