Year of foundation: 1968
Approx. number of students: 16,000
Period of study: Mid February - June; July through to the end of November
MCI partner since: 2013
Hamilton (Kirikiriroa in Māori) is with approx. 150,000 inhabitants the centre of New Zealand's fourth largest urban area, and Hamilton City is the country's fourth largest territorial authority. Hamilton is in the Waikato Region of the North Island, approximately 130 km south of Auckland. It sits at a major road and rail nexus in the centre of the Waikato basin, on both banks of the Waikato River.
Initially an agricultural service centre, it now has a growing and diverse economy and is the second fastest growing urban area in New Zealand. Education and research and development play an important part in Hamilton's economy, as the city is home to approximately 40,000 tertiary students and 1,000 PhD scientists.
The Waikato Institute of Technology, marketed as Wintec, is a technological learning institute based in Hamilton, New Zealand, and the fifth largest institute of technology within New Zealand, with around 16,000 full-time and part-time students, 1,200 full-time and part-time staff — and more than 150 programmes.
It has three main campuses in Hamilton itself: the main city site, Rotokauri (Formerly Avalon) on the northern outskirts, and the Hamilton Gardens horticultural campus. Additionally there are campuses in Waihi, Thames, Te Kuiti and Otorohanga
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