Welcome to Victoria Business School

Welcome from the Pro Vice-Chancellor and Dean of Commerce at Victoria Business School.

Professor Ian O. Williamson, Pro Vice-Chancellor and Dean of Commerce, Victoria Business School
Our mission states that "we create and share knowledge ..." - Professor Ian O. Williamson, Dean of Commerce

Victoria Business School hosts all Victoria's Business and Government related courses.

Undergraduate programmes and postgraduate programmes are offered in all areas of business, including:

  • Accounting
  • Actuarial Science
  • Business Administration & Business Analysis
  • Commercial Law
  • Economics
  • e-Government
  • Finance
  • Human Resource Management and Industrial Relations
  • Information Systems & Information Studies
  • International Business & International Trade
  • Management
  • Marketing
  • Public Policy & Public Management
  • Restorative Justice
  • Taxation
  • Tourism Management

Our commitment to the continuing education of working professionals is shown by the more than 600 students participating in our professional Master's programmes.

Our mission states that 'we create and share knowledge...'.  We enjoy the challenge of teaching a wide range of programmes and meeting the differing academic needs of a diverse set of students.

Research centres and chairs promote stakeholder engagement

Stakeholder engagement is strengthened with our Research Centres and funded Professorial Chairs that focus top talent on important contemporary business and policy issues. The Chairs are held by leading professors with international reputations, and include:

Research is vital to the academic programmes of Victoria Business School. All schools within the Faculty maintain a high level of research commitment.

Our academic staff engage with colleagues within Victoria, the business and public sectors and with researchers at other New Zealand and international universities and research institutes, to collaborate to produce outstanding national and international research.

Staff present papers at leading international conferences in their disciplines and publish those papers in the best academic journals. Students enjoy the benefits of this research activity through the ability of staff to inform their teaching with their own original research.

Fostering student achievement

We have a summer research scholarship programme to encourage engagement in research by our high-achieving undergraduate students.

Many of these scholarships are co-funded by external organisations, with students conducting research projects supervised by a Victoria Business School academic staff member. This provides good students with paid exposure to external organisations and the opportunity to develop business-relevant research skills.

Victoria Business School plays a distinctive role in connecting New Zealand to the world, through international linkages in research, learning and scholarship, and through the diversity of our staff and student body.

Undergraduate Exchange Scholarships provide further opportunities for our most able students to reap the benefits of studying abroad.

We are proud of the quality of our teaching and research programmes, and of the calibre of our academic and administrative staff. Recognition from accreditation bodies supports this. VBS is also a signatory to the Principles for Responsible Management Education (PRME) initiative, which highlights its commitment to responsible management education.

We are also proud of our graduates. They succeed at the highest level in all walks of life, both in New Zealand and internationally.

Enjoy browsing through our website, and please feel welcome to contact our staff with any further questions.

Professor Ian O. Williamson
Pro Vice-Chancellor and Dean of Commerce
Victoria Business School