Mission and values

Find out about the goals and principles which guide Victoria University.

This statement is taken from the Victoria University Strategic Plan.


The mission will guide Victoria’s path over the period of this Strategic Plan. Victoria University of Wellington plays a leading role in shaping New Zealand’s future by:

  • adding significantly to the knowledge and understanding of natural phenomena, society, culture and technology through research, teaching and interdisciplinary perspectives
  • engaging with local, national and international communities in creating, disseminating and applying knowledge that has scholarly or societal impact
  • developing graduates with skills in leadership, communication and critical and creative thinking.


These values guide and inform our strategic goals, policy and practice. They are the principles behind our actions, a means of creating and sustaining an environment of trust and mutual understanding.

Academic freedom

We protect academic freedom and defend the autonomy of Victoria University of Wellington.

Excellence in all of our activities

We are committed to developing and recognising excellence in research, creative activity, scholarship, teaching and learning and administration.

Knowledge and expertise

We strive to advance pure and applied knowledge and expertise, and to disseminate both through teaching and research.

The Treaty of Waitangi

We are committed to using the Treaty to guide our obligations to Māori as tangata whenua and Treaty partners.


We are committed to our participation in the international community of scholars and to the pursuit of a global perspective in our learning, teaching, research and services.


We effectively manage and account for our resources and apply them to the maximum benefit of Victoria.

Honesty and respect

We require ethical behaviour in all our activities and interactions.


We are committed to equity of opportunity for all our staff and students.

A strong university community

We encourage the active participation and contribution of academic and general staff, students, alumni, benefactors and friends in the life of the University.

Community engagement

We seek active engagement with the communities we serve and value the benefits we bring to each other.


We strive for an environmentally sustainable university and society.