University of Auckland

New Zealand


The University of Auckland is ranked internationally as New Zealand’s leading university and among the top six to eight universities in Australasia. Established in 1883 as a constituent college of the University of New Zealand, placing the advantages of a university education “within the reach of every man and woman of Auckland”1, it is now a large, comprehensive public university, grounded in its civic roots in New Zealand’s most diverse city. Much of its special character is conferred by the University’s and the nation’s place in the Pacific, by our acknowledgement of the principles of the Treaty of Waitangi, and by the achievements of our predecessors. The University’s Council, staff, students, alumni, benefactors, and friends are committed to the ideal of the University as an internationally distinguished community of scholars, upholding academic freedom and institutional autonomy. We are dedicated to critical inquiry and intellectual discourse, to scientific discovery and a sustainable future, to social and cultural development, to social justice and equity, and to innovation and wealth creation.

The mission of the University of Auckland is to be a research-led, international university, recognized for excellence in teaching, learning, research, creative work, and administration, for the significance of its contributions to the advancement of knowledge and its commitment to serve its local, national and international communities.


Professor Stuart N. McCutcheon, 


Professor McCutcheon completed his Bachelor’s degree with first class honours at Massey University in 1976, and was then appointed to the lecturing staff of that university while undertaking a Ph.D. in metabolic physiology. From 1982 to 1984 he was a postdoctoral fellow at Cornell University, New York, while the recipient of a Harkness Fellowship. His research interests included how biological processes such as foetal and neonatal growth and lactation are regulated. He was appointed Head of the Department of Animal Science at Massey University in 1990, Assistant Vice-Chancellor (Research) in 1994, and Deputy Vice-Chancellor in 1999.

In November 2000, Professor McCutcheon was appointed Vice-Chancellor of Victoria University of Wellington. On 1 January 2005 he took up the position of Vice-Chancellor of The University of Auckland. He also chairs the University’s research commercialisation company, Auckland UniServices Limited.

Professor McCutcheon has served in an advisory capacity to a number of Government agencies and producer boards, and been a director or board member of: the New Zealand Dairy Research Institute; the Wellington Regional Economic Development Trust; the Wellington College of Education; the Malaghan Institute of Medical Research; Universitas 21 and U21 Global; The University of Auckland Foundation; and the UK and US Friends of The University of Auckland. In 2004-5 he was Chair of the New Zealand Vice-Chancellors’ Committee. He is presently Chair of the Universities New Zealand Research Committee.