Victoria at a glance

Victoria's rankings, plus some statistics.


Victoria is New Zealand’s top ranked University for research quality.

Global rankings

Victoria consistently ranks among the world’s best universities across a range of subjects.

In 2014

Our Law Faculty is in the top 50 in the world according to QS, which ranks Victoria in the top 4 percent of the world’s universities. We also rank comfortably within the top 100 universities in the world in Education, Arts and the Humanities, and in the top 150 universities in the world in Earth Sciences. In addition, Victoria Business School is among a small group of institutions with the ‘triple crown’ of international commerce accreditations.

Our students

We have about 3,000 international students from more than 100 countries.

Equivalent Full-time Students (EFTS) in 2014

  • Government-funded 15,374
  • Full-fee 1,527

Our staff

  • 1900 FTEs
  • 930 teaching and research staff
  • About half our academic staff were born outside New Zealand.

Globally connected, nationally engaged

As well as welcoming students from more than 100 countries, Victoria has a range of internationally focused research centres that generate a host of exciting ventures (including research collaboration) with leading universities around the world, as well as with governments and private sector entities.

We connect and engage with the Government, the business sector, the community and other academic institutions throughout New Zealand.

We are committed to building and maintaining relationships that enhance our contributions to society and support its aspirations.

Being located in New Zealand’s capital city, the University plays an important role by contributing to public policy in local and global issues. New Zealand’s only School of Government undertakes teaching and research on public policy and public administration/management.

Faculties, schools and institutes

Victoria has nine faculties, of which seven conduct teaching and research. These are divided into schools, many of which are closely aligned with the University’s numerous research centres and institutes.


In addition to the main campuses, there is also the purpose-built Coastal Ecology Laboratory on the South Coast, the Graduate School of Nursing, Midwifery and Health at Wellington Hospital, and two research centres based at Callaghan Innovation at Gracefield in Lower Hutt. Victoria also has premises in Auckland and teaches from a campus in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam.

Areas of distinctiveness

Victoria’s Strategic Plan outlines eight areas where Victoria will develop an emphasis in keeping with its vision, mission and academic strengths and that draws upon its position as New Zealand’s globally ranked capital city university. These themes will promote an outlook that goes beyond disciplinary, school, faculty and other traditional boundaries, and will frame and develop Victoria’s distinctive teaching, research and public engagement endeavours. They will contribute to local, national and global challenges, with a particular emphasis on Wellington, New Zealand and the wider Asia-Pacific region.

  • Advancing better government
  • Cultivating creative capital
  • Spearheading our digital futures
  • Enabling our Asia-Pacific trading nation
  • Stimulating a design-led, high-value manufacturing region
  • Enhancing the resilience and sustainability of our natural heritage and capital
  • Improving health and wellbeing in our communities
  • Enriching national culture.