Year in review

An overview of the year’s highlights, new directions and achievements of staff and students.

Cultivating creative capital

Wellington is increasingly becoming Victoria University’s campus. The University’s presence in the city is centred on our three main campuses—Kelburn, Pipitea and Te Aro—and the corridors in between, and also includes specialist facilities such as the Coastal Ecology Lab in Island Bay, the Graduate School of Nursing, Midwifery and Health in Newtown and the Ferrier Research Institute in the Hutt Valley.

There was expansion in 2017 with the opening of the Miramar Creative Centre in the heart of Wellington’s film industry, where our students learn the finer arts of filmmaking, animation and game design.

Planning progressed for a world-class creative quarter in Wellington’s Civic Square, where Victoria University’s New Zealand School of Music would be co-located with the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra, creating a national centre of excellence for musical performance, education, culture and the arts.

Our major redevelopment of Victoria University’s business school Rutherford House—located at the centre of Wellington’s legal, government and business district—was completed, enhancing the University’s ability to operate at the interface of business, innovation and public policy.

High-performing faculties

There was strong performance in a number of faculties, including the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, which now offers New Zealand’s most popular Bachelor of Arts degree, with the highest market share for domestic student enrolment of all universities.

The Faculty of Engineering, a leading centre for high-tech and software engineering, continued to grow, with student numbers increasing by nearly 11 percent in 2017.

Championing engagement

Victoria University continued to fulfil its role as a global-civic university with staff engaging in an extensive array of relationships with businesses, organisations and communities.

The University hosted hundreds of public lectures during the year, including seven in the popular Spotlight series, one in the newly established Provost Lecture Series and 11 inaugural lectures by Victoria’s new professors.

Through our partnership with news website Newsroom, many staff provided media commentary and analysis on topical issues, while others had their research and commentary published on The Conversation, an independent Australian-based media outlet that uses content sourced from the academic and research community.

Other examples of engagement during 2017 include the Adam Art Gallery holding nearly 50 public events, including seven exhibitions that attracted over 8,750 visitors, and New Zealand School of Music students performing in more than 60 public concerts.

International perspective

Strengthening and deepening Victoria University’s network of international links was a focus during the year. Staff from capital city universities around the world met in Wellington, through the Victoria University-led Capital City Universities initiative, to engage in issues of global significance such as the impact of the election of United States President, Donald Trump.

Another milestone was the development of programmes and initiatives for two new Centres of Asia-Pacific Excellence (CAPEs), the Latin America CAPE and the Southeast Asia CAPE, which are hosted by Victoria University.

The CAPEs have a mandate to better equip New Zealanders to do business with the Asia-Pacific region and to better prepare young New Zealanders to engage with these regions.

A new pre-degree programme designed to prepare international students for entry to Victoria University was launched in 2017. The programme is delivered by leading pathway provider ACG on a campus adjacent to Victoria University’s Pipitea campus, giving students access to our support services and allowing them to feel part of the university community.