Massey University in New Zealand was first founded as Massey Agricultural College in 1927, before becoming a university in 1964.
It is New Zealand’s only multi-campus university with a presence in three North Island cities. Its original campus in Manawatu is set in vast acres of parkland and is home to a working farm. Its Auckland campus is known as ‘the innovative campus’ and its Wellington campus is located in the heart of New Zealand’s capital city.
Each is home to a recreation centre with sports facilities, accommodation, cafes, medical centres, student support services and student associations.
Massey has around 18,000 students on campus and a further 17,000 students enrolled on its distance-learning programmes.
The university’s teaching and research departments are split into five colleges: the College of Creative Arts (which boasts the Research Centre for Contemporary Fine Art); the College of Health, introduced in 2013; the College of Humanities and Social Sciences; the College of Sciences and the Massey Business School – the biggest business school of its kind in New Zealand.
Massey lays claim to research expertise in the areas of science, technology, applied science and business studies, and uses its focus on technology and business to work with and support developing countries.
Massey University’s Student Exchange Programme enables its students to study at one of its 200+ partner universities in 25 different countries across Europe, North America, South America, Africa, Asia and Australia.
It also offers a National Expedition and Internship programme where students can spend their summer break travelling across New Zealand’s North and South Islands and undertaking an internship that focusses on real world problems relevant to a student’s individual degree. The programme earns students university credit while allowing them deeper insights into Kiwi landscape and culture.