National engagement

Victoria’s partnerships and collaborations help keep New Zealand at the cutting edge of a dynamic, changing world.

As a capital city university Victoria has strong links with government departments and agencies, international organisations, industry, regional and local government, iwi and environmental organisations, as well as some of New Zealand’s major research institutes.

We work with a wide range of partners in business, the public and voluntary sectors, engaging with important issues and significant ideas.

Victoria’s historic strength in public policy has been fully demonstrated by substantial contributions to major government projects, and entrepreneurship education is an emerging strength on which we intend to build. Victoria also gives high priority to engagement with Māori and Pacific communities.

We aim to produce graduates whose learning has been developed inside and outside of the classroom, experientially, and informed by a global perspective.


Institute for Governance and Policy Studies

The Institute for Governance and Policy Studies in the School of Government was launched in July 2012, replacing the Institute of Policy Studies. The Institute was established following a $3 million donation from the Gama Foundation, a charitable trust set up by Christchurch philanthropists Grant and Marilyn Nelson.

The Institute produces independent, high-quality and high-impact research on public policy, decision-making and governance issues, building on the research and activities of the Institute of Policy Studies.


Joint research programme—ecological sustainability

In December 2012, Victoria University and the Wellington City Council signed a Memorandum of Agreement to develop a joint research programme. The Agreement will see the creation of a Post-Doctoral Fellowship and enhance Victoria’s Summer Research Scholarships scheme, with interdisciplinary, applied research being carried out to help improve Wellington’s ecological sustainability and urban life. Building on the University’s agreement with Zealandia, this will further develop ecological restoration as a distinctive research strength.