The University of Auckland is an essential contributor to the achievement of Treasury’s desired outcomes for the economy: an improved business environment, better integration and connections with the global economy, and more highly-skilled human capital and labour supply.
We directly employ over 5,000 full-time staff and 8,000 casual staff. Our population of more than 40,000 full-time students boosts business in the local Auckland economy and our university community helps support local cafes, book shops, banks, chemists and other businesses that are either located on campus or nearby.
A considerable amount of University research provides benefits for primary industries. UniServices, the University’s research commercialisation company, works with many companies in the sector including Fonterra, Frucor, Blue Ocean Fish, Comvita, Zespri, Tegel Foods and Matua Wines.
UniServices and the University of Auckland add value to New Zealand:
- Businesses through contract research, consultancies and licensing
- Investors through intellectual property development
- Government and communities through societal research and service delivery
The university’s work also makes a nationwide economic impact through research and development in areas such as technology development and drug patents. In 2014 alone, the University generated $234 million in research and contracts income.