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Massey University Strategy 2018-2022

Ko Te Kunenga ki Pūrehuroa te kaupapa e tū ngātahi ai tātou hei waihanga i ngā momo mātauranga ki te pae o angitū. He ara putanga tauira, he ara e hua ai ngā tini kaupapa ki Aotearoa puta noa i te ao whānui. Kia toi te mana motuhake o te iwi Māori, kia toi te reo Māori, kia toi te ora o te tangata, te rangi me te whenua mā reira e whakatinana ai te mana o Te Tiriti o Waitangi.

Massey University's unique position and reputation is based on:

  • World-leading pure and applied research, conducted in partnership with industries and the communities we serve;
  • Curious, world-ready graduates with entrepreneurial acumen and capability, who create jobs for others and are committed to making a better world;
  • A heritage of excellence, high quality and integrity, which ensures authentic leadership in contemporary Aotearoa New Zealand;
  • Role-modelling excellent practice as a Tiriti o Waitangi-led institution;
  • A reputation for caring, and a commitment to our people and our places.

We are inspired by our name Te Kunenga Ki Pūrehuroa; from inception to infinity. Massey is not simply defined by what we do, but by how we do it.

ō Mua – Our Past

Massey University and its predecessors were established to deliver positive, research-led and innovative responses to the needs of a young nation and to drive and enable economic and cultural advancement. This ethos imbues Massey's past, present and future.

Massey University first founded its international reputation as a world-class agricultural college in Palmerston North in 1927. In 1960, Massey led the way in distance higher education. In 1993, it established a campus in Auckland, and in 1999 it incorporated the renowned School of Design, established in Wellington in 1886. It now delivers teaching and research across a range of areas that combine the universal search for knowledge with addressing real-world problems. Our world leading reputation now extends across many diverse disciplines, all with international excellence and national significance in common.

ō Nāianei – Our Present

Competition for students and staff - both domestic and international - and funding remains intense. Dramatic technological innovations create new opportunities and challenges in teaching and research. Students demand a superb personalised learning experience that is student focused, flexible and delivers technologically appropriate learning, wherever and however they chose to study. Blended learning continues to reduce the barriers of distance as it transforms the way internal students learn.

Global megatrends such as climate change, population growth, urbanisation, demands for food and water security and sustainable energy, personalisation and geopolitical uncertainty require that universities such as Massey step forward and actively respond. They must create important new knowledge, educate the next generation of leaders and they must also be the critic and conscience of society.

As we look to the future, we will make sure that our research is exceptional, and that it expands knowledge and improves the lives of communities and individuals across the globe.

ō āpōpō – Our Future

As Aotearoa New Zealand transforms, so too does Massey University. This transformation positions us to lead globally.

Massey is a world-leading university in many academic disciplines and fields of research. Our point of difference is our world-leading research, which is connected to community and industry. By strategically investing in disciplinary research excellence we will create a virtuous cycle that amplifies our international and national research impact. Operating in the real world and through international collaborations, our researchers are developing expertise and skills to advance human knowledge and understanding. Working together across disciplines and locations, we solve national and global problems through fundamental, applied and interdisciplinary research, while culturally and artistically enriching our world.

As a Tiriti-led University we are committed to demonstrating authentic leadership in contemporary Aotearoa New Zealand as we uphold Te Tiriti o Waitangi, the founding document of our nation, and its principles through our practice. Massey embraces this not just as an obligation but as a real opportunity for the nation and its people. The University will champion new strategies for advancement and integration of te reo Māori and Māori knowledge, it will demonstrate informed practices consistent with tikanga Māori and will embrace kaupapa Māori across our activities. Massey's teaching and research will contribute to advanced outcomes for whānau, hapū and iwi.

Our educators are preparing a new generation of global leaders. Our students are diverse and are attracted to Massey because they want to achieve their personal goals or make their mark in the world. Our programmes are research-led, informed by the best local and global experience, and have international standing.

Our students will experience world-class learning that recognises their intellectual and cultural strengths, expands their horizons and prepares them to contribute to a rapidly transforming world with skills, critical and creative thinking and leadership. We will integrate curricula, pedagogy and digitally-supported learning environments to support our students' learning journeys.

All our students will have the opportunity to work in industry, with communities and community agencies or iwi, or as active citizens, artists, writers or researchers. Our students will be encouraged to develop entrepreneurial skills that ensure individual success. Our best advertisement is the achievement of our graduates, who make a positive contribution and create jobs for others.

Massey will be renowned for its passion and its caring attitude. This will be particularly demonstrated in how we care for our staff, our students, our nation and our environment.

We will encourage evidence-based critical debate and ensure that a Massey education includes the skills of critical thinking, curiosity and commitment that are essential for national and global citizenship. Massey graduates will be equipped to lead in an uncertain future.

All Massey campuses will be innovation ecosystems, acting as magnets for smart enterprises. Wherever we are, we will operate in partnerships founded in respect, trust and mutual benefit.

Massey is not only defined by what we do, but by how we do it.



We will be a world leader in our chosen areas of research


We will provide a distinctive student-centred learning experience for all students. Graduates will be enabled to actively participate in the existing and new economies as educated citizens around the world


To be known for our leadership on matters of interest nationally and internationally, in particular on the social, economic, cultural and environmental issues faced by Aotearoa New Zealand, including those that affect tangata whenua.


We will enable research excellence, learning and teaching excellence and leadership.

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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