Women Leading Education

The conference will be held on the grounds of the University of Waikato, Hamilton Campus, in the North Island of New Zealand (1.5 hours from Auckland International Airport). The University of Waikato is one of New Zealand’s leading research universities, made up of seven faculties and schools, with more than 13,500 students, including 2000 international students.

Waikato is a relatively young university, only being opened in 1964, however it has formed a strong international reputation in that time. It has a special character linked to the Waikato region, local industry, and iwi (indigenous peoples of the area) with whom they are partners and serve their interests. The university is situated on land own by the local Maori tribe – Tainui who has gifted the land to the community. 

The qualifications awarded to graduates are recognized globally and the University has academic agreements with many other prestigious universities around the world. The stunning 65 hectare grounds with its lakes, gardens, trees and playing fields, has an important role in the student experience. 

Hamilton City is close to great beaches (on the east coast (90 minutes and west coast (45 minutes) of New Zealand), outdoor activities and sports venues such as a new velodrome for cyclists, Lake Karapiro for rowing, kayaking and other water sports, and the mountains of the central North Island for winter snow sports. It joins the national cycle way and the Waikato river has many enjoyable walks along its banks. It is a short drive from Auckland (1 hour 20 minutes) and located 55 minutes from Hobbiton (filming location for Lord of the Rings).

It has an efficient bus service which run from the city centre to the University (bus # 2 and #13) every half hour. On the university campus there are cafes, banks, a convenience store, recreation centre, pharmacy, and a book shop.