About Massey University, New Zealand

We embrace diversity, talent and performance, and provide staff and students with an extensive range of opportunities to develop intellectually, professionally and personally.

Massey is known for:

  • Groundbreaking research
  • The applied nature of many of our teaching and research programmes
  • Contribution to land-based industries
  • Distinctive mix of campus-based, distance and international teaching
  • Commitment to innovation
  • Close links with the community
  • An 80-year tradition of academic excellence

New Zealand itself is truly beautiful. New Zealand is renowned for its natural resources, its breathtaking scenery, its peacefulness, and the friendliness and hospitality of its people.

The country is conveniently close to Asia, Australia and the South Pacific and has a reputation for being a safe and relaxing environment to live in.

New Zealand’s defining university

For more than 80 years, Massey University has helped shape the lives and communities of people in New Zealand and around the world. Its forward-thinking spirit, research-led teaching, and cutting-edge discoveries make Massey New Zealand’s defining university.

University Council, university management and Vice-Chancellor, Jan Thomas

Massey University’s governing body is the University Council. Council members include lay, academic and student members. The University Council is responsible for the governance of the affairs, concerns and property of the University. Massey University’s senior leadership team is responsible for university management. This team is led by Vice-Chancellor Jan Thomas.

Subsidiaries and commercial ventures

Massey University and its majority-owned subsidiaries form the legal entity ‘Massey University’. Massey University’s commercial centres are departments whose principal purpose is to undertake commercial and trading activities.

Massey University Foundation

Massey University Foundation is Massey University’s registered charitable trust. Massey Foundation exists to enable excellence at the University. To achieve this, Massey Foundation works with Massey alumni and other supporters, industry, government and charitable organisations. It finds funding for scholarships, research projects and other activities at Massey University.

Massey alumni

The Office of Development and Alumni Relations invites you to maintain and strengthen your relationship with the Massey community. Participate in Massey alumni social events. Become involved in the activities of our regional Massey alumni groups (known as chapters) and international Massey alumni networks.

University news

Massey News features the latest university news releases issued by External Relations, along with sections on recent research, events and stories on the achievements and activities of University staff, students and alumni.

Massey events

Massey University organises a wide range of academic and community events each year to complement the academic calendar.

Academic and general staff vacancies

Find here a list of academic and general staff vacancies currently available at Massey University. You will also find some information about us: what we are like, what our defining qualities are, the benefits we provide to our staff – and information on our five colleges and our three campuses.

History of Massey from first principal Sir Geoffrey Peren to today

Massey University began in 1927 as a small agricultural college in Palmerston North. Under its first principal, Sir Geoffrey Peren, it widened its range and enhanced its reputation. Sir Geoffrey retired in 1958, and in 1964, Massey became a full university. In the last 40 years, it has continued growing, to become New Zealand’s largest residential university, spread over three cities.

Massey University Calendar

The Massey University Calendar provides details of the University regulations and programmes. The Calendar also provides general information about Massey University, our colleges, our campuses, our staff, and the various facilities and services that are available to staff and students.

International students and global engagement

Find out about Massey University’s global engagement and what we offer for international students.

Work-integrated learning

Work-integrated learning experiences enable students to put the theory they’re learning into practice. Massey University has a strong history of providing work-integrated learning opportunities for students across all of its colleges. Employers can request to host students at their organisations.

Location of Massey University

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