The University of Auckland Charter 2003
- III The contribution of The University of Auckland to New Zealand's identity and economic, social and cultural development
- V The approach of The University of Auckland to collaboration with other tertiary providers and external organisations
- IX The approach of The University of Auckland to ensuring that it develops a staff profile that reflects its mission and special character
The Mission of The University of Auckland is to be 'a research-led, international university, recognised for excellence in teaching, learning, research, creative work, and administration, for the significance of its contributions to the advancement of knowledge and its commitment to serve its local, national and international communities.' The purpose of the University is to engage in teaching, learning, and research of a standard comparable to that of research-intensive, comprehensive universities world-wide. In carrying out this purpose, the University aims to develop the knowledge, understanding and talents of its students, foster the research and creativity of its staff, enrich the cultures and promote the prosperity of Auckland, its region and the nation, and enhance knowledge in the various fields of its endeavour.
The University is committed to the following institutional values:
- Conserving, advancing and disseminating knowledge through teaching,learning, research and creative work of the highest standard.
- Creating a diverse, collegial scholarly community in which individuals are valued and respected, academic freedom is exercised with intellectual rigour and high ethical standards, and critical enquiry is encouraged.
- Placing a strong emphasis on serving its student body.
- Working to advance the intellectual, cultural, environmental, economic and social well-being of the peoples of Auckland and New Zealand.
- Recognising a special relationship with Māori under the Treaty of Waitangi.
- Providing equal opportunities to all who have the potential to succeed in a university of high international standing.
- Engaging with national and international scholars, educational and research institutions to enhance intellectual development, educational quality and research productivity.
- The development and commercialisation of enterprise based on its research and creative works.
- Providing high quality management marked by open, transparent, responsive, and accountable academic and administrative policies, practices and services.
The University of Auckland shares with other universities in New Zealand and overseas a character that makes universities distinctive from other tertiary education institutions. It is primarily concerned with advanced learning and the development of intellectual independence. As an autonomous, independent institution, it upholds academic freedom, acts as a repository of knowledge and expertise and embraces its role as a critic and conscience of society.
In addition to these shared characteristics of universities, the University is a comprehensive, research-intensive, international university, domiciled in the Auckland region of New Zealand. These aspects of its role confer much of its special character.
The University offers a comprehensive portfolio of academic programmes at both the undergraduate and postgraduate level. Faculties of Arts and Science and the School of Theology provide a broad-based education in fundamental and specialist areas. Professional training is provided in the Faculties of Business and Economics, Creative Arts and Industries, Engineering, Law, Medical and Health Sciences. The clustering of a wide range of disciplines enables students to take advantage of a liberal education alongside professional training, sometimes in conjoint degrees which cross faculty boundaries. The professional faculties are engaged in developing high level knowledge and skills that are critical in professional education and professional practice.
The University has a culture of continuously broadening and deepening its portfolio of academic programmes. This broadening is aimed at anticipating and responding to new directions in international advances in knowledge. At times it occurs in the inclusion within existing areas of study, such as history, languages or economics, of cultures of growing relevance to New Zealand. At other times, it reflects New Zealand's need for research and learning in fields of study such as law, engineering, creative arts or teacher education which reflects its unique culture and demographic diversity. Often such a broadening arises from the ability of a comprehensive university to work across knowledge boundaries and establish new knowledge frontiers, as in biotechnology and multi-media.
The deepening of the portfolio of academic programmes arises from the continuous quest to enhance the quality of academic activity, its contribution to international learning and value to New Zealand and New Zealanders. The University aims to ensure critical mass in each of its areas of study and to embed its research in teaching in ways that develop the knowledge, wisdom and skills of students.
The academic programmes of the University are underpinned by intensive research and scholarly activity and by a resource base that serves members of the University and the external community. The University fosters original scholarship and research across established and emerging disciplines and bodies of knowledge, both pure and applied. It values independent and critical enquiry into current and accepted theories, and upholds the right to contest them.
The University plays a special role in the discovery and transmission of knowledge, and in technology transfer, both fundamental elements of wealth and well-being in the current world. It gains much of its special character from the excellence, extent and impact of this research, reflected in particular through its hosting of four national Centres of Research Excellence, its commitment to research-based teaching, and the quality of its research infrastructure, especially its Library. The range of intellectual disciplines offered by the University enables researchers to work in inter-disciplinary teams and to make research connections across fields of study.
A research University has the responsibility and the opportunity to ensure that all of its students, undergraduate and postgraduate, benefit from their contact with a learning environment that is intellectually rich and diverse. The University is a major provider of postgraduate education and trains a significant proportion of the country's emerging researchers. Postgraduate programmes cover coursework and research Masters, a range of professional postgraduate Diplomas, and a full doctoral programme, including the Doctorate of Philosophy and a number of named, or professional, doctorates.
Māori and Pacific engagement in academic life confer much of the distinctive and special character of this University. The University recognises the importance of engaging Māori and Pacific students in high level degree education that will provide the chance to enhance their potential and life choices and prepare them to participate fully in rewarding professional and knowledge based vocations. But, more than this, there are benefits, both to the University and to the country, of building a strong core of Māori and Pacific staff, providing programmes that attract Māori and Pacific students, and contributing to Māori and Pacific intellectual, social, economic and cultural advancement.
The demographic character of Auckland city and its surrounding region, and the emerging multi-cultural basis of New Zealand society, add to the distinctiveness of the University. Auckland city has a rapidly growing migrant population and, given the youth of this population and the expansion of international student numbers, the University's composition illustrates the demographic diversity of the community in a very special way.
The University's role is international and national. Its staff and students engage with national and international scholars, educational and research institutions in the pursuit of intellectual development, educational quality and research productivity. It attracts students from all over New Zealand and overseas. Its staff set their standards by the best of their international colleagues and peer institutions. These international standards guide the University in its development and in its leadership role in New Zealand's tertiary system.
Together with the international universities with which it is associated, in particular the universities in the Universitas 21 network and the Association of Pacific Rim Universities, the University is continually examining ways to implement and enhance policies, practices and programmes that provide staff and students with the capacity and opportunity to engage in the global community and the global search for knowledge. Internationalisation challenges key areas of activity in the University, such as research, curriculum, teaching and learning, staff development and mobility, international student recruitment, and relations with ethnic communities. The University has undertaken to increase significantly the proportion of students who undertake study abroad as part of their degree programme.
The internationalisation of the University is creating a cosmopolitan university that reflects the contribution of New Zealand to a multi-cultural world where ability, initiative, and achievement are the principal factors in global competitiveness. Students have the advantage of studying in a diverse, dynamic, international academic community, and travelling a pathway to future employment world-wide.
The University has the responsibility and the capacity to foster the country's identity and advance its economic, social and cultural development through teaching, learning and research and through the contribution it makes directly to the achievement of national goals and national development. The University contributes in a leadership role to the scientific, cultural, social, environmental and economic debates and life of its communities and of the nation. As teachers and researchers, members of the University seek to assist all New Zealanders to become better informed and to participate more fully in the knowledge society. Staff engage in ground-breaking research and scholarship across the spectrum of medicine, science, engineering, humanities, law, social sciences, business and creative and performing arts, expanding and enriching the country's knowledge base and directly contributing to social, economic and policy development.
The University aims to provide its graduates with key, high-level generic skills such as the capacity for lifelong critical, conceptual and reflective thinking, and attributes such as creativity and originality. These qualities help to develop a willingness to engage in constructive public discourse and to accept social and civic responsibilities. Graduates of the University are leaders in their communities, and possess an awareness of the complexity and distinctive qualities of New Zealand, and of New Zealand's place in the world.
The University actively builds links with the local and national communities within which it operates. It has a commitment to education in the broader community and provides general studies and community issues courses, short courses in continuing professional education, and bridging programmes for students wishing to enter tertiary education. Mutually beneficial links exist between the University and regional and national social and cultural institutions, with its alumni and community organisations. A close working relationship with these organisations and institutions assists the University to identify and meet its public responsibilities.
In its role as a research institution, the University aims to provide quality independent advice to local and central government and to strengthen its relationship with the professions, the media, business and industry, and encourage their involvement in University activities. Through its commercial arm, UniServices, it engages in research and development contracts with a wide range of business partners, including Crown Research Institutes, the private and public sector. In order to uphold its special responsibilities under the Treaty of Waitangi, the University has developed research partnerships with iwi.
The research undertaken in the University and disseminated within the wider community has important cultural and social outcomes. It impacts on the way New Zealanders view themselves and the society they live in, contributing to New Zealand's identity and cultural development. In some disciplines,
University research has a strong inter-dependency with public agencies, such as law with the legal system, and with the provision of quality public services, such as health and education. Other disciplines, such as music, fine arts and the performing arts, are embedded in the cultural fabric of the society. The University's commitment to high-level research, and to supporting emerging researchers, increases world knowledge in a range of fields and provides insights into and responses to the needs of the New Zealand community. It relates directly to the national strategy for innovation and to priorities for development and growth in the areas of Creative Arts and Industries, Biotechnology, and Information and Communications Technology.
The University is committed to enhancing education, stimulating innovation and identifying opportunities for creating wealth from ideas and knowledge. It has taken a leadership role among tertiary institutions in working to achieve these goals.
The nature of the scholarship and research of the University transcends national boundaries. It links with the international academic community and keeps New Zealanders in touch with international scholarship, research and intellectual developments. The internationalisation of the University further stimulates an awareness of multiculturalism in New Zealand society, and advances research that places New Zealand in a position of strength in a competitive global knowledge economy.
The University's relationships with other international universities and its links with community, industry and professional organisations in New Zealand improve knowledge uptake and the social, cultural and commercial application of new knowledge. The University will continue to advance its strengths in these areas and to make a major contribution to the social, economic, cultural, and intellectual development of the nation.
The University is a principal contributor to academic development and innovation in New Zealand's tertiary education system. The University aims to provide leadership to the sector through the comprehensiveness of its teaching portfolio, its international links, its research and resource strengths, and the quality of its academic staff.
The University contributes to the tertiary education system by producing highlevel researchers and developing innovative research-based and multidisciplinary academic programmes. Its research culture is linked to teaching at all levels, ensuring that learners, graduates and teachers are involved in, and informed by, leading-edge research. This, in turn, generates high levels of expertise and stimulates innovation among staff and students, benefitting the tertiary system as a whole. The University expects its graduates to become leaders in teaching and research throughout the tertiary education system.
Through its specialised provision of education in Medical and Health Sciences, Law, Business and Property, Engineering, Education, Architecture, and Planning, the University makes a major contribution at a high level to the training of skilled and knowledgeable professionals. An important dimension of the University's contribution to the overall system of tertiary education is its commitment to providing staircased entry into its degree programmes. This goal aligns with objectives to engage underrepresented groups, particularly Māori and Pacific students, in degree education. Foundation programmes offered by the University, and in collaboration with other institutions, also promote the improvement of adult foundation skill levels.
The University is engaged constructively with the pre-University education system throughout the country. In seeking to improve linkages between secondary and tertiary education, it contributes to the national goal of raising the foundation skills of all New Zealanders. Outreach programmes established and run by the University assist Māori and Pacific students and students in low-decile schools to realise their potential to succeed in tertiarylevel education.