Top-ranked university for research

Victoria University of Wellington has a unique and proud history as the country’s globally ranked capital city university. Victoria is consistently ranked within the top 1.5 percent of universities internationally and we are New Zealand’s top-ranked university for research quality.

Victoria’s connections and influence at local, national and international levels are strengthened by our capital city status. As a global civic university, Victoria’s researchers lead thinking on the big questions facing society. Their work addresses global challenges for the benefit of communities in New Zealand and internationally.



Our research

At Victoria our staff are passionate about finding solutions to some of the world’s greatest problems—find out more about our research.

Can your memories predict your risk of depression?

Our recall of the past influences how we approach the present. But Victoria research shows memory can also be a direct window into our psychological wellbeing.

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Whose responsibility is it to keep our first language alive?

Only around 3 percent of New Zealanders speak te reo Māori. Victoria research is focused on making te reo part of everyday conversation.

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Are we addicted to demonising drug users?

Why is cannabis use illegal but alcohol consumption encouraged in New Zealand? Researchers at Victoria are exploring our treatment of drugs and drug users.

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Imagine a world where your own body cures cancer

Millions of people suffer from diseases for which there are no effective drugs. New treatments are being developed at Victoria for these unmet medical needs.

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If you saw this, what would you do?

Bullying is a life-long problem that can have a lasting negative impact—how can it be most effectively tackled?

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