Capital thinking. Globally minded.

New Zealand’s top university for research intensity

Te Herenga Waka—Victoria University of Wellington has a unique and proud history as the country’s globally ranked capital city university. We are consistently ranked within the top 1.5 percent of universities internationally, and are New Zealand’s number one university for intensity of high-quality research (2018 Performance-Based Research Fund).

The University’s connections and influence at local, national and international levels are strengthened by our capital city status. As a global civic university, our researchers lead thinking on the big questions facing society. Their work addresses global challenges for the benefit of communities in New Zealand and internationally.

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Rating of excellence

Te Herenga Waka—Victoria University of Wellington is one of only 12 universities in the world to hold the maximum 5 Stars Plus in the QS Stars rating of excellence.

Our University at a glance

Solutions in Indigenous science

Associate Professor Ocean Mercier is using Māori knowledge to create a richer, deeper picture than Western science can provide alone.

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Close up of a Māori waka (canoe) with a warrior sculpture pulling on a rope.
The front of a dark and grey brick prison building.

Justice reinvention

How can we transform a broken justice system? Professor Elizabeth Stanley is using Justice Reinvestment to reimagine a community-led approach to justice.

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Unlocking the power of teleportation

Teleportation has been a dream of science fiction and scientists alike. Dr Taehyun Rhee and his team are blending the real and the virtual to make it a reality.

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A woman, holding a handbag, is standing in a dark forest with a light beaming down on her.
Ark on rough seas with lightning.

The cost of climate change

What is the cost of not responding to the climate crisis? Professor Ilan Noy is calculating the costs of climate change and how to manage the economic impacts.

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