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Victoria is located in New Zealand's capital city, Wellington (named the world’s ‘coolest little capital’ in the Lonely Planet’s Best in Travel in 2011 guide), in close proximity to the country's archives and national collection libraries and the wealth of research institutions concentrated there. Victoria is a comprehensive university with a strong research focus. The University was established in 1897, making it among the oldest universities in New Zealand.

Victoria prides itself as a university with a significant international focus and a strong domestic base. Victoria has extensive collaborative and student exchange links with renowned universities throughout the Pacific, Asia, North and South America and Europe.

The University enrols over 22,000 students each year, including more than 2500 international students from around 100 countries. Over 20 percent of the Victoria student population are studying at postgraduate level. About 50 percent of Victoria's academic staff originate from outside New Zealand.

Victoria offers a range of study options: pre-degree programmes of English language preparation and Foundation Studies; undergraduate degrees; postgraduate programmes of study including Bachelors with Honours, Graduate and Postgraduate Certificates and Diplomas, Masters degrees and PhDs. Study opportunities are offered through seven faculties: Architecture & Design, Commerce & Administration, Education, Engineering, Humanities & Social Sciences, Law, and Science.

  • Saving the billion-dollar kiwifruit industry

    Victoria University of Wellington researcher Dr David Ackerley is working to combat the PSA disease that has ravaged New Zealand’s $1 billion kiwifruit industry.

    Victoria University of Wellington researcher Dr David Ackerley is working to combat the PSA disease that has ravaged New Zealand’s $1 billion kiwifruit industry.

  • Research to help hearing loss

    Research at Victoria University of Wellington aims to improve the diagnosis and treatment of hearing defects.

    Dr Paul Teal, a Senior Lecturer in the School of Engineering and Computer Science, is investigating whether new technologies can be used to more accurately assess hearing loss.

  • Celebrating Charles Dickens the parliamentary reporter

    Charles Dickens, one of England’s most-loved novelists, was born 200 years ago and a Victoria University researcher has come up with what, for some, will be a new twist on his life.

  • Victoria students help speed up Firefox web browsing

    Victoria's School of Engineering and Computer Science has partnered with Mozilla Firefox's Auckland office in New Zealand to carry out research projects, including some which will help improve the performance of the world's second-most popular browser.

  • Victoria researchers help develop map of Milky Way

    We now have a new way of viewing the Milky Way, thanks to Victoria University of Wellington astronomer Melanie Johnston-Hollitt and one of her undergraduate students.

    Dr Johnston-Hollitt and student Luke Pratley, who is about to begin an Honours degree in Physics, are part of an international team that has produced the highest precision map ever of the Milky Way galaxy’s magnetic field.

    The team, led by Niels Oppermann of Germany’s Max Planck Institute for Astrophysics (MPA), pooled data from radio astronomy observations to map the galaxy’s magnetic field.

    In 2004, Dr Johnston-Hollitt produced the first such map of the Milky Way with Dr Christopher Hollitt from the School of Engineering and Computer Science at Victoria University.

    "Back then there were only 800 data points to use; now we have 41,000 so we are able to map for the first time the magnetic field of the Milky Way in detail like we've not seen before," says Dr Johnston-Hollitt.

    The Senior Lecturer in Victoria’s School of Chemical and Physical Sciences says there has been a renaissance in radio astronomy in recent years.

    "The map shows the rapid advance of radio telescopes that work in a different way to optical telescopes.

    "You can’t directly ‘see’ other galaxies by looking through a radio telescope but we can use computers to translate radio waves into images. There are parts of space where a radio telescope will allow us to ‘see’ further than optical telescopes."

    In making the new map, the research team measured the light from background galaxies and how the light changes as it passes through the Milky Way to produce a 3D view of the galaxy.

    In particular, the researchers were able to use the light that is affected by the galaxy’s magnetic fields—polarised light—to map the galaxy’s structure. This technique is known as the Faraday Rotation.

    "The Milky Way is hard to map because we are sitting on the edge of the galaxy looking through it. However, we know that spiral galaxies like the Milky Way have magnetic fields that follow a particular pattern so we were able use polarised light to map the magnetic fields."

    Dr Johnston-Hollitt says that having many data sources helped create such an accurate map. The new, high-precision map not only shows the structure of the galaxy’s magnetic field on a large scale, it also reveals small-scale features that help scientists better understand other aspects such as turbulence in galactic gas.

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