A capital city School
Victoria Business School has an outstanding learning environment, with world-class knowledge and expertise relating to commercial, government and civic sectors.
Being a capital city business school means we are embedded in our community—in Wellington, that community is New Zealand’s centre of innovation, entrepreneurship, policymaking and creativity.
As such, Victoria Business School is uniquely placed to develop leaders who can consider economic opportunities from a holistic point of view, taking into account commercial, governance and societal perspectives.
Victoria University is New Zealand’s number one ranked university for research excellence, and Victoria Business School also excels in the areas of teaching and practice, as indicated by the fact that the School is among the 1 percent of business schools worldwide to hold the ‘Triple Crown’ of international accreditations.
Areas of leadership
Victoria Business School (VBS) contributes to the growth of the Asia-Pacific economy by supporting New Zealand companies to engage in trade across the region, and supporting foreign investment coming to New Zealand.
We are among the top business schools in the Asia-Pacific region for a range of subject areas including Tourism Management, a top priority for ASEAN countries, and Victoria Business School’s strength in this area means we are helping lead one of the key growth engines for the Asia-Pacific region.
Wellington is home to a thriving start-up community in the digital and technology space, and our location means we are uniquely placed to be a leader in entrepreneurship, particularly as it relates to the Information and Communication Technology sector. VBS has partnerships with leading international organisations such as Weta Digital, as business incubators such as Creative HQ, and education collaborations such as the Wellington ICT Graduate School.
Wellington is also the seat of one of the most innovative and transparent federal governments in the world. Victoria Business School has New Zealand’s only School of Government, and our physical proximity to Parliament means we are ideally situated to help build capacity and expertise in the Asia-Pacific’s public sector.
Research Centres and Chairs
Victoria Business School promotes and strengthens stakeholder engagement through its Research Centres and funded Professorial Chairs which focus on important contemporary business and policy issues.
The Chairs are held by leading professors with international reputations:
- Brian Picot Chair in Ethical Leadership
- Diana Unwin Chair in Restorative Justice
- Chair in Business in Asia
- Chair in the Economics of Disasters
- Chair in Digital Government
- Chair in Public Finance
- Chair in Wellbeing and Public Policy
- ANZSOG Chair in Public Sector Ethics and Integrity
We also host a number of expert Research Centres and Institutes:
- the Institute for Governance and Policy Studies is independently-funded to lift environmental, social and economic outcomes for all New Zealanders via good public policy
- the Centre for Labour, Employment and Work is a trusted information source for employment relations practitioners, unions, and policy makers
- the Centre for Accounting, Governance and Taxation Research works collaboratively with industry professionals to enhance research in these fields
- the Roy McKenzie Centre for the Study of Families and Children conducts research about families that informs evidence-based policy solutions.
Research is also vital to our academic programmes, and all schools within the Faculty maintain a high level of research commitment.
Our academic staff engage with colleagues within Victoria University, the business and public sectors, and with researchers at other New Zealand and international universities and research institutes, collaborating and producing outstanding national and international research.