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Research strengths

Victoria has research strengths across a range of disciplines. Find out how our research expertise is having an impact in New Zealand and internationally.

Facts and figures

$57 million

In 2017 Victoria researchers attracted around $57 million in external funding from grants, partnerships and individuals.

Top 2%

Victoria is rated in the top 2% of the world’s 18,000 universities by QS World University Rankings.

Five stars

We received the top rating from the international QS Stars university rating system in eight categories, including research.

Leading edge

New Zealand's number one university for research quality, we are also consistently recognised as high-performing by international measures.

Among the 24 individual subject areas where we are ranked first in New Zealand are psychology, mathematics, physics and music, literary and other arts.

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Partnerships and awards

Our researchers actively work with many organisations, from local and foreign government agencies to global corporations, including Google and NASA.

Our successes are underpinned by the research funding and awards that our highly regarded researchers attract.

Victoria successes

Research impact

Our research improves understanding and awareness around a range of local and global social, scientific and environmental issues. And we create new technologies that provide solutions to real-life problems.

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Research news and commentary

  • Victoria University of Wellington researchers explore neighbourhood action's role in achieving the United Nations' Sustainable Development Goals.

  • Victoria University of Wellington Senior Lecturer in Film Dr Alfio Leotta celebrates a classic surf movie's 40th anniversary.

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