The University Council has required a robust decision-making process for the proposal that the University’s name be simplified.
The process has involved seeking feedback and/or advice from the following groups:
- past and present staff
- domestic and international students
- alumni in New Zealand and in other countries
- stakeholder groups including civic leaders, other tertiary institutions and Māori
- members of the public
- relevant public agencies
- specialists in university marketing both here and offshore
- ranking agencies
- other universities that have made a similar change to their name
- international agents.
The University has also undertaken market research to understand the views of prospective international students across seven countries.
To help people understand the rationale behind the proposal, the University has provided written information and videos on its website—for students, alumni, stakeholders and the public—and on its staff Intranet. The matter has also been canvassed on the University’s social media channels and in other media as a result of media releases issued by the University and interviews with the Vice-Chancellor.
Victoria University of Wellington says it is considering the decision announced today by the Minister of Education on a proposed change in name to ‘University of Wellington’.
Chancellor Neil Paviour-Smith says University Council members will be considering the letter received from the Minister before any comment is made and before any discussion of next steps.
In September, the University Council recommended to the Minister of Education that University of Wellington be approved as the new legal name for the University, and that a new Māori name of Te Herenga Waka be adopted.
The Council’s decision followed well over a year of research, seeking advice from experts and discussion with staff, students, alumni and stakeholders, including a consultation period during which close to 2,500 submissions were received.
Information about the reasons underpinning the University Council recommendation to change the name can be found on the University’s website.
Vice-Chancellor Professor Grant Guilford says that in the meantime, it will be business as usual at the University.
“We have had a very successful 2018 with strong growth in research quality, quantity and impact, and a significant lift in enrolments in response to the high-quality student experience at the University and in Wellington.
“In addition, the passion our alumni feel for their alma mater has been very evident. Overall alumni engagement has increased this year with more alumni attending events, donating and signing up to provide mentoring of current students—support that, now more than ever, is very important to the institution’s future.”