About AUT

AUT CrestData and statistics about Auckland University of Technology (AUT) and its students and graduates, qualifications, and teaching and research facilities. Notes about AUT's background and establishment as a university.

AUT's background

We’re New Zealand’s newest university but our history in industry-relevant education is over 110 years old. We perform our teaching, research and other duties as defined under the Education Act (1989).

Established as a university

In 2000, the governor general, by order in council, established the Auckland University of Technology as 1 of the universities in New Zealand. AUT is the youngest of the 8 New Zealand universities and the only one to be established since the 1960s.

View a detailed timeline of AUT's pedigree on our "AUT history" page

Public institution by legislation

AUT and the other 7 New Zealand universities are public institutions. We:

  • Are funded by government
  • Operate according to the provisions of the Education Act (1989)
  • Participate in shared quality assurance arrangements

See the Universities New Zealand website for a full description of what the Education Act (1989) defines as a university

Fact and figures about AUT

2000 (under the Education Act, 1989)
Predecessors established 1895 - Auckland Technical School
1913 - Seddon Memorial Technical College
1963 - Auckland Technical Institute
1989 - Auckland Institute of Technology
Legal name Auckland University of Technology
Chancellor John Maasland
Vice-Chancellor Derek McCormack

Student enrolments 2013

(19,178 equivalent full time)
International 3,101 (equivalent full time)
Full time : part time
(Domestic students)
68% : 32%
Female : male
(Domestic students)
60% : 40%

Qualifications awarded 2013

Doctorates 70
Honours, postgraduate diplomas
and postgraduate certificates
Degrees, graduate diplomas and graduate certificates
Total 7,328

Qualifications offered

Distinct degrees in which students can enrol:

Bachelors, graduate diplomas and graduate certificates
Honours, postgraduate diplomas and postgraduate certificates
Master's 39
Doctorates 3
Diplomas and certificates 31
Total 187

Buildings, equipment and other facilities     

Teaching facilities
Classrooms 136
Buildings - owned and leased 33
Lecture theatres
Forum/Conference Rooms 5
Computer labs
41 (with a total of 542 computers - 472 PCs and 70 laptops)
Library resources
Printed books and serials 241,228
Electronic resources 178,598
Student accommodation 704 beds
City Campus 500 beds
North Shore Campus 204 beds
Food outlets

Restaurants 2
Cafes 4
Sports and culture

Gyms and fitness centres
Indoor stadiums 1
Art galleries 3 spaces - 2 in WM and 1 in WR buildings
Student news media Magazine (Debate) and newspaper (Te Waha Nui)

Last updated: 21-Aug-2015 1.30pm

The information on this page was correct at time of publication. For a comprehensive overview of AUT qualifications, please refer to the Academic Calendar.