Powhiri heralds start of new year

16:00, Feb 26 2014
Te Waiora o Te Whare Wananga o Waikato Maori Students Association
WELCOME: Te Waiora o Te Whare Wananga o Waikato Maori Students Association performs at the University of Waikato powhiri for new and returning students.

The University of Waikato is welcoming around 10,000 students this week and next week, and yesterday kicked off proceedings with a powhiri on the campus marae.

Around 700 students and their families, staff and guests were welcomed onto Te Kohinga Marama marae yesterday to mark the beginning of the academic year.

This week the focus is on academic orientation, which runs until Friday, and a pool party on Sunday morning will launch the festive side of ORI2014.

Meanwhile, the education faculty has been assessed as being in the international top 50 in QS Subject Rankings released this week. The university's education subject area came in at number 46, and four other areas ranked in the top 101-150: computer science and info systems, economics/ecometrics, law, and modern languages.

The annual QS World University Rankings by Subject highlights the 200 top universities in the world for 30 popular individual subjects.

They are generally considered among the most influential of university ranking systems, the university said.

University of Waikato Vice-Chancellor Roy Crawford said the results showed they were making a global impact which was being noticed, and credited the hard work of staff and a focus on continual improvement.


Waikato Times