University Strategy


To define the future of our nation and to take the best of New Zealand to the rest of the world.

Shaping the Nation and Taking the Best to the World

Massey University began as Massey Agricultural College in 1927, located in Palmerston North in the middle of New Zealand's North Island. In 1964 it became a university; 2014 marked its 50th jubilee.

Today the University has major campuses in Palmerston North, Albany (Auckland) and Wellington. Through distance education, students can study anywhere in New Zealand and around the world. Agriculture is now part of the College of Sciences, which sits alongside the Colleges of Business, Humanities and Social Sciences, Health and Creative Arts.

Our record of achievement means that Massey University is consistently ranked in the top three percent of universities in the world. In signature areas such as Accounting and Finance, Agriculture, Aviation, Biological Sciences, Communication and Media Studies, Computer Science and Information Systems, Design and Visual Arts, Economics, Education, Environmental Sciences, Food Technology, Management, Mathematics, Nursing, Psychology, Public Health, Statistics, Geography, Sociology and Veterinary Science it is world leading.

Throughout its history, Massey University has embraced change both within the institution and in the wider world. We have established a reputation as a bold, innovative "can do" university that seeks to have positive impacts on the communities it serves. We are building on our traditional strengths as well as the new and diverse activities that advance New Zealand's contribution to the "big problems" of our time.

We believe that now, more than ever, Massey University has an important role to play. New Zealand and the global community face what might be described as "new times". The scale of economic, technological, scientific, environmental, social, cultural and political change is enormous. These changes need to be understood and responded to in ways that will ensure "new times" mean "better times".

It is for this reason that we talk about "shaping the nation and taking the best of New Zealand to the world". We aim to make a difference.

This ambition has been captured by the seven big goals that lie at the heart of Massey University's Road to 2025 strategy:

  • We are a research-led university committed to the application of knowledge.
  • Our students can expect a teaching and learning environment that will enable them to be creative, innovative and connected contributors to society.
  • Close attention is given to building mutually beneficial relationships with the many partners and stakeholders who work with the University.
  • Increasingly our focus is on building the University's capacity and capability to work around the globe.
  • As a major intellectual resource, we have been identifying ways that we can help to address the major challenges faced by New Zealand and the global community.
  • We are committed to diversifying our funding base to ensure that we can resource the work of the University.
  • We are providing support for staff and students to excel while investing in the information technology (IT) and physical environment they need.

As we enter the next phase of our history, we would describe ourselves as an innovative, self-reliant, outward-facing institution committed to defining our own future. Our distinctive programme of research and teaching, combined with our focus on engaging with the New Zealand community, makes us the nation's most relevant university. Our commitment to addressing the changing times in which we live makes us globally significant.

The Seven Big Goals for Massey University| Ngā Tino Whāinga o Te Kunenga ki Pūrehuroa

1. Research and Enterprise Te Rangahau me te Umanga
To promote the highest standards of research and scholarship, to be a world leader in our areas of specialisation, and support active engagement with and participation in knowledge exchange to ensure that the intellectual capital we generate is used to best advantage. Kia kounga rawa atu te mahi rangahau me te pūwānanga, kia tū hei kaiarataki matua mō tā mātou e matatau ai me te tautoko I te whakawhiti mātauranga e hua mai ai ko ōna painga.
2. Teaching and Learning Te Whakaako me te Ako
To ensure an exceptional and distinctive learning experience at Massey for all students. Kia kounga, kia motuhake hoki te wheako o ngā ākonga katoa ki Te Kunenga ki Pūrehuroa.
3. Connections Te Kōtuitui
To strengthen our connections with tangata whenua and local, national and international partners and stakeholders, creating mutual benefits. Kia kaha ake te tūhono ki ngā iwi, ki ngā hoa mahi, ā-rohe, ā-motu, o te ao whānui hoki, kia tipu tahi ai ngā painga.
4. Internationalisation Te Ao Whānui
To extend our reach so that we operate worldwide as New Zealand's defining international university. Kia whātoro atu ngā ringaringa a Te Kunenga ki Pūrehuroa ki te ao whānui hei kanohi mō Aotearoa.
5. Responsibility Te Aronga Manaakitanga
To enhance our reputation as New Zealand's defining university by contributing to an understanding of - and providing innovative responses to - the social, economic, cultural and environmental issues including those that affect tangata whenua. Kia hāpaitia te mana o Te Kunenga ki Pūrehuroa hei kanohi mō Aotearoa mā te hihiri o te whakaaro ki ngā take pāpori, ohaoha, ahurea, taiao, tae atu hoki ki ērā ka pā atu ki ngā tangata whenua o te motu.
6. Generating Income Te Whakatipu Rawa
To significantly increase our income and improve our financial position to allow for more investment to enable the University to achieve its goals. Kia kaha te whakatipu rawa me te whakapai ake i te tahua e whakangao ai te whare wānanga kia whakatutuki wawata.
7. Enabling Excellence Kia Tuawhiti
To provide the best working and academic environment for our staff and students. Kia noho te whare hei whare whakahira mō ā mātou kaimahi me ngā ākonga.

Massey University is also committed to Health and Safety and will provide the very best healthy and safe, working and learning environment for our staff and students.

Environmental Mission Statement

Massey University is committed to the principles of environmental responsibility and sustainable resource management at local, national and international levels. It will meet this commitment through community involvement and leadership in education, research and sustainable management practices.

The Massey University Environmental Policy translates the above statement into the following general concepts of environmental responsibility for the University:

  • A commitment to the principles of environmental sustainability and to raising environmental awareness, understanding and responsibility throughout the University, the local communities within which its campuses are situated, and in all the wider partnerships and associations beyond the University.
  • A whole-institution commitment to environmental responsibility and to sustainability, fostered by wide and continuing consultation.
  • A commitment to education for sustainability as a lifelong process for all through interdisciplinary and holistic learning programmes.
  • A commitment to research into environmental issues at local, national and global levels and into the processes of education for sustainability.

The above principles define the general concept of environmental sustainability for the University. They also identify the context for three specific areas of responsibility:

  • Education and research for sustainability;
  • Sustainable resource management; and
  • Wider community involvement in environmental issues.

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