The University of Waikato is one of New Zealand’s major research organisations, playing a key role in the local economy and making a significant contribution to the national innovation system. The University of Waikato delivers a wide portfolio of teaching programmes from seven faculties including Arts and Social Sciences, Computing and Maths, Education, Law, Management, Māori and Pacific Development, and Science and Engineering. National leadership in Computer Science, Management, Education and the Sciences has been clearly demonstrated through top research rankings in these areas.
Over $50 million of the University of Waikato’s revenue comes from research or research-related activities. We are currently engaged in more than 400 externally funded research projects and have research contracts with Government agencies, Crown Research Institutes, private industry and overseas partners. Innovation has also been identified as a key to future growth and sustainable development for the Waikato region and New Zealand as a whole. As a driver towards greater economic benefits from innovation, the University has continued to spearhead research commercialisation through the ongoing activities of WaikatoLink. WaikatoLink secured $350,000 of external funding for IP development in 2011 and has continued to grow a future royalty pipeline of $1.2 million per annum.
To assist industry and other organisations who work with us, the University operates a virtual Research Hub within which WaikatoLink is responsible for commercialisation of intellectual property and technology transfer and UNILink is responsible for all other research contract and consultancy services.