Joint Graduate School in Coastal and Marine Science

About the partners

Combining academic excellence and an industry perspective, the Graduate School is jointly hosted by The University of Auckland's Faculty of Science and NIWA.

The University of Auckland


The University of Auckland is New Zealand’s leading and largest university*, ranked amongst the top 100 universities in the world. The University has a commitment to research that benefits society, economy and nation.

The Joint Graduate School will be hosted by the Faculty of Science whose vision is to serve its communities through fundamental and translational research, teaching and public commentary in the sciences. The Faculty of Science provides research-rich learning to top standards of excellence. It has a comprehensive, high quality, academic portfolio and is privileged to lead the nation's research in many science disciplines**. There are currently over 7,000 students in the faculty, including approximately 1200 postgraduate students.

The University is a member of Universitas 21 and the Association of Pacific Rim Universities.

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The National Institute of Water and Atmospheric Research (NIWA)

The National Institute of Water and Atmospheric Research (NIWA) is a Crown Research Institute with a global reputation for expertise in water and atmospheric research. NIWA’s purpose is to enhance the economic value and sustainable management of New Zealand’s aquatic resources and environments, to provide greater understanding of climate and the atmosphere, and to increase New Zealanders’ resilience to weather and climate hazards.

NIWA’s programmes of coastal and marine research encompass ecosystems and resources, climate change, physical oceanography and ocean geology, fisheries, aquaculture, hazards, biodiversity and biosecurity, and Antarctica and the Ross Sea. Outputs include ecosystem and resource surveys, environmental impact assessments, habitat maps, forecasts and models, methodologies for monitoring and assessment, and strategies for management or mitigation.

Expertise in these areas is complemented by state-of-the-art facilities and technology. Cold and warm water aquaculture research facilities support internationally-recognised work to increase the value and sustainability of seafood and conduct environmental, nutritional and stock husbandry research. The company’s ocean-going and inshore research vessels are world class environmental exploration and monitoring platforms. NIWA’s powerful supercomputer enables the production of increasingly sophisticated and accurate forecasts of the likely effects and impacts on tides, waves and storm surges as our climate changes.

Key to the successful fulfilment of NIWA’s core purpose is the transfer of technology and knowledge between stakeholders. The company works with hundreds of partners, from individuals and small businesses to local and regional councils, central government, multinational companies and overseas governments. Māori are a vital stakeholder in many of our research programmes.

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