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Victoria is located in New Zealand's capital city, Wellington, in close proximity to the country's archives and national collection libraries and the wealth of research institutions concentrated there. Victoria is a comprehensive university with a strong research focus. The University was established in 1899, making it among the oldest universities in New Zealand.
Victoria prides itself as a university with a significant international focus and a strong domestic base. Victoria has extensive collaborative and student exchange links with renowned universities throughout the Pacific, Asia, North and South America and Europe.
The University enrols over 21 000 students each year including close to 3 000 international students from around 80 countries. Over 20% of the Victoria student population are studying at postgraduate level.
Victoria offers a range of study options: pre-degree programmes of English language preparation and Foundation Studies; undergraduate degrees; postgraduate programmes of study including Bachelors with Honours, Graduate and Postgraduate Certificates and Diplomas, Masters degrees and PhDs. Study opportunities are offered through seven faculties: Architecture & Design, Commerce & Administration, Education, Engineering, Humanities & Social Sciences, Law, and Science.
Wellington is the political, cultural and creative capital of New Zealand with a regional population of close to 500,000. It is situated at the southern tip of New Zealand's North Island, between a beautiful harbor and rolling green hills. Wellington is a compact, dynamic, and fun city with all the trappings of a thriving metropolis.
As well as having political and cultural significance, Wellington is a great place to live. It has all the sophistication and opportunities of a major city but the charm, safety, cleanliness and friendliness of a town. Public transport systems are excellent and students can enjoy an exciting nightlife, relaxed cafe culture with great coffee, access to the freshest foods of all types, quality boutique shopping, and the city's acclaimed arts scene. It boasts world-class facilities, inspired arts and culture, and an expanding economy. Wellington is also the perfect staging point for students wanting to travel and enjoy the whole of New Zealand. The region offers a healthy lifestyle in a mild to temperate climate.
Victoria University has four campuses, three of which are within a 30-minute walk of each other in the city centre. The main Kelburn campus enjoys an idyllic setting with its elevated position commanding stunning views over the harbour. The Law School occupies the historic government buildings opposite Parliament and the High Court and is adjacent to the Faculty of Commerce and Administration, on the Pipitea campus. The Schools of Architecture and Design occupy a large, purpose-built awards-winning building, Te Aro campus, in the midst of the cafes, galleries and old bookstores in the central city's heart. The Faculty of Education is located in Karori, a 10-minute drive from the heart of the city.
Victoria University of Wellington was created through an Act of Parliament inspired by Premier Richard Seddon in 1897. His desire was to establish a "College in Wellington in commemoration of the sixtieth year of the reign of Her Majesty Queen Victoria". The University's four pioneering Professors - Brown, Mackenzie, Easterfield and Maclaurin - arrived in the capital two years later to take up their duties.
For the first few years, lectures took place in rented accommodation in the city while a debate raged over where the new institution's home should be built. The College Council finally chose the current site of Kelburn Campus and in 1904 the first stage of what is today known as the Hunter Building was opened by the Governor General, Lord Plunket.