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University of Canterbury

The University of Canterbury 

Te Whare Wānanga o Waitaha will give you an excellent educational foundation that you will be able to turn into an amazing career.


Why choose UC?

The University of Canterbury is a prestigious destination that is ranked in the world’s top 250 universities, with 15 subjects ranked in the world’s top 200 (QS World University Rankings). What’s more, UC has been awarded with a 5-star ranking for research and teaching excellence by the QS World University Rankings.

Outstanding international academics

Come and learn from world class lecturers in their academic discipline.  You will find them personable and passionate about their academic areas – they are experts in their field ready to support you on your journey at UC.

UC's Erskine Programme attracts up to 75 distinguished, international academic visitors each year to give lectures in their specialist areas. Previous Erskine Fellows having included two Nobel Prize winners - Emeritus Professor Clive Granger and Professor Bob Grubbs.

Get to know one of our many teaching superstars - Associate Professor Ekant Veer is the first New Zealand academic to be named one of the world’s Best 40 Under 40 Professors. Sit in for Professor Veer’s UC Connect Lecture and hear for yourself!

Learn from passionate researchers finding solutions for the world   – Lecturer and Researcher Dr.Matthew Cowan from the department of Chemical and Process Engineering is the winner of Silver on the International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry, honouring his contributions as a Young Chemist.

Come see UC's academics in action by attending the free 'UC Connect' public lecture series, either in person or via YouTube.

A history of academic excellence

The University of Canterbury was established in 1873 and is New Zealand’s second oldest university. Since its establishment, UC has produced graduates who have gone on to become world leaders in their fields. UC is committed to continuing this tradition of excellence and to developing tomorrow’s leaders.

We are proud to have nurtured graduates who have a real impact on the world we live in - including actor Sam Neil and Google’s Engineering Director, Craig Nevill-Manning.

History of University of Canterbury

For most of its first 100 years the University was situated in the centre of Christchurch (now the Arts Centre). By 1975 it had completed its move to a spacious purpose-built 76 hectare site in the suburb of Ilam, 7km from the old city site.

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