The University of Waikato is internationally recognized for the variety and high quality of its educational programs. Located in the relaxed and scenic city of Hamilton on the North Island, the beautiful campus of the University of Waikato stretches out over 166 acres of picturesque grounds, with extensive recreational areas surrounding three lakes. The name “Waikato” is a Maori word meaning “running water”, and is the name of both the local province and the river running through Hamilton. The Maori character on campus provides cultural richness and diversity and is an important aspect of Waikato’s overall identity. In 2001 over 13,000 students were enrolled at Waikato, and 1,450 of these were international students. Students came from over 60 different countries, bringing together cultures and experiences from around the world.
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Waikato students choose from courses in seven different departments: Arts and Social Sciences, Business, Education, Science and Technology, Computing and Mathematical Science, Law, and Maori and Pacific Development. Specific courses offered by the university include film, history, chemistry, physics, mathematics, foreign languages, anthropology, biotechnology, media and communication, international business, psychology, education, and more.
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Waitkato's Management School is recognized as one of the best Business Schools in the Southern Hemisphere. Courses concerning New Zealand/Pacific Society are especially popular with CCIS students. The School of Maori and Pacific Development is acknowledged as New Zealand's premier school of indigenous issues, and Waikato is the only institution with a degree in Maori and Pacific Studies. The University of Waikato is also both strong in sciences and other humanities offering degrees in Biotechnology, Biology, Media and Communication, Psychology, Education, and more.