Victoria University of Wellington

Victoria University of Wellington (Māori: Te Herenga Waka) is a university in Wellington, New Zealand. It was established in 1897 by Act of Parliament, and was a constituent college of the University of New Zealand.

Victoria University of Wellington
Te Herenga Waka
MottoLatin: Sapientia magis auro desideranda
Motto in English
Wisdom is more to be desired than gold[1]
Established1897; 124 years ago (1897)
Academic affiliation
EndowmentNZD $73.7 million (31 December 2020) [2]
BudgetNZD $437.9 million (31 December 2020) [3]
ChancellorNeil Paviour Smith[4]
Vice-ChancellorGrant Guilford[5]
Students22,273 (2017)[6]
Undergraduates16,787 (2012)[7]
Postgraduates4,829 (2012)[7]
New Zealand
(Maori: Te Whanganui-a-Tara, Aotearoa)
Student MagazineSalient
ColoursVUW Green and White

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 at first year is open, and entry to second year in some programmes (e.g. law, criminology, creative writing, architecture, engineering[8]) is restricted.

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.[9] Victoria has been ranked 215th in the World's Top 500 universities by the QS World University Rankings (2020).